National Informatics Centre (NIC) is a premiere S&T; institution of the Government of India, established in 1976, for providing e-Government/e-Governance Solutions adopting best practices, integrated services and global solutions in Government Sector.
In 1975, the Government of India strategically decided to take effective steps for the development of information systems and utilization of information resources and also for introducing computer based decision support system (informatics-led development) in government ministries and departments to facilitate planning and programme implementation to further the growth of economic and social development. Following this,the Central Government nucleated a high priority plan project “National Informatics Centre (NIC)” in 1976, and later on with the financial assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to the tune of US$4.4 million.
NIC has played an important role of an active catalyst and facilitator in informatics development programme in Governments at the national, state and district levels, during the last 26 years which made them take policy decisions to create knowledge societies – societies that can exploit knowledge to derive competitive advantage using the opportunities provided by digital technology. NIC has been instrumental in adopting Information Technology and Communication Technology to reach out into India i.e. by implementing IT applications in Social and Public Administrations.
About NIC Karnataka
Right from the inception of Karnataka State Centre in 1987, NIC has been involved in many critical eGovernance applications. The broad range of services include System Study, Design & Development, Testing, Capacity Building, Rollout and Maintenance, Turnkey projects including campus networking and NICNET connectivity.
It has played a pivotal role in development and implementation of internationally acclaimed projects like Bhoomi (Land Records), Nemmadi (Rural Digital Services) etc. Many projects started at the state level got elevated as National projects and got replicated at other states like VAT application of Commercial Taxes department, Transport Department Computerization project etc. Products like e-Man for management of assets has been widely used across the Nation and Library automation software eGranthalaya has been taken over as a National level product and implemented in many States.
NIC, Karnataka has been closely associated and have been catering to the needs of the State Government at the highest hierarchy as well as Judiciary and other government bodies. The applications that were initially developed as decision support systems for the government department few decades ago are now complete eGovernance projects catering to the IT needs of all the stake holders.
Apart from the long term associations, NIC has been behind numerous short term and medium term associations and even ad-hoc requirements of IT support during various events elections, recruitments, examination results processing and publishing etc.
The presence of NIC in all the Districts centers, right from the inception has made it possible to implement the National and State level projects at the grass root level as well as projects that cater to the local Districts administration requirements.
Most of the applications are served through the state of the art data centre with all the modern facilities and having Disaster Recovery set up at remote locations. Data Centre supports almostall the latest technologies with abundant compute and storage resources.
Multiple high speed Network with redundancy connects the State Data Centre and the KSWAN of the State Government of Karnataka. High speed networks are extended to the Secretariat, High Court of Karnataka, Rajbhavan and many other Government Departments like Education, Agriculture, UIDAI, CM’s Residence Office and Institutes under various NIC Projects. NKN Super-PoP in Karnataka has extended connectivity to more than 100+ Institutes in Karnataka and neighboring States. Has established connectivity to all the Districts administration for more than three decades, starting the journey from X25 based VSAT networks to current High Speed networks with redundancy.