- National Informatics Centre
National Informatics Centre Abbreviation NIC Formation 1976 Headquarters New Delhi Website NIC.in
The National Informatics Centre (NIC) (Hindi: राष्ट्रीय सूचना विज्ञान केंद्र ) is the main science & technology organisation of India's Union Government in informatics services and information-and-communication- technology (ICT) applications. The NIC is a part of the Indian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology's Department of Information Technology.
It has played a pivotal role in steering e-governance applications in the governmental departments at national, state and district levels, enabling the improvement in, and a wider transparency of, government services. Almost all Indian-government websites come under NIC.
Field of work
The NIC offers telecommunications-networking services including Ku band (TDMA,[clarification needed] FTDMA, SCPC & satellite broadband) VSATs, wireless metropolitan-area networks (MANs) and local-area networks (LANs) with gateways for Internet- and Intranet-resource sharing.
It is the network infrastructure and e-governance support to India's central government and state governments, union-territory administrations, administrative divisions and other government bodies. The NIC assists in implementing information-technology projects, in collaboration with central and state governments, in the areas of:
The NIC is a part of the Indian Ministry of Communications & Information Technology's Department of Information Technology and is headquartered in New Delhi. It has offices in all 28 state capitals and 7 union-territory headquarters and almost all districts. At New Delhi Headquarters, a large number of Application Divisions exist which provide total Informatics Support to the Ministries and Departments of the Central Government. To cater to the ICT needs at the grassroots level, the NIC has also opened offices in almost all district collectorates.
NIC computer cells are located in almost all Ministry bhawans (buildings) of the central government and Apex[clarification needed] offices including the Indian Prime Minister’s office, the Indian Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) and India's Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan).
The NIC offers a host of services including:
- computer-aided design (CAD)
- digital-signature certification
- geographical-information system (GIS)
- domain-name registration for gov.in
- internet data centre (IDC)
- mathematical modelling and simulation
- computer networking
- office-procedure automation (OPA)
- website hosting & website development
The NIC publishes an E-Governance quarterly entitled "Informatics" in both print and PDF format. The current Chief Editor is Neeta Verma, Senior Technical Director of NIC. The publication is made available at Informatics Website. Current issue is October 2010 edition.
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