Centre for Internet & Society

The Digital India Summit was organized at the Taj Mahal Hotel and Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on April 21 and 24, 2015. Pranesh Prakash participated in it.


Day 1 - 21 April 2015: Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi


0900 - 1000 hrs


1000 - 1030 hrs

Inaugural Session

1000 - 1015 hrs

Opening Remarks

Mr Kiran Karnik


CII National Mission on Digital India

1015 - 1030 hrs

Setting the Context, Goals

Mr Bhaskar Pramanik


CII National Committee on IT & ITes & Chairman

Microsoft India Private Limited

1030 - 1100 hrs

Tea Break

1100 - 1315 hrs

Breakout Sessions

Group 1

1100 - 1315 hrs

Tackling Structural Issues and Developing Business Models for Digital India

Moderated by

  • Mr Sanjeev Gupta, Joint Secretary - IT, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Mr Kiran Karnik, Chairman, CII National Mission on Digital India

According to a DeitY estimate INR 100,000 cr. is needed just for funding the existing schemes. The achievement of the vision will need finance, expertise & intent from the private as well as the government. Given the different credo & objective for each sector, the need will be to build effective, collaborative & sustainable business models which provide a return on their investment while harnessing their strengths. Some of the key questions which will need to be answered are :

· What is the role of public-private partnerships towards overcoming each of these five challenges?

· How can we coordinate multi-stakeholder discussions and stimulate a collaborative approach towards shared goals of Digital India?

· What are the sustainable business models that guarantee significant commercial (business feasibility) and social returns (such as inclusive growth, rural skill-building and employment generation)?

Group 2

1100 - 1315 hrs

Overcoming India's Last Mile Challenge-Creating Access through Network Reach, Innovative Business Models and Affordable Data-Enabled Devices/Internet plans

Moderated by

  • Ms Aruna Sundararajan, Additional Secretary & Administrator (USOF) and Chairman-cum- Managing Director, BBNL

Given India's size & demographics providing digital reach to the people at the right price is one of the most piquant issues that we face. Bringing every citizen on the digital backbone will increase empowerment & inclusion. Reaching out to the 2.5 lakh villages as envisaged in the plan will require intent, innovation & investment. Some of the questions that we need to discuss are:

· What are the roadblocks in increasing internet penetration in India?

· What are the alternate technologies that may be used to offer cost-effective internet in rural areas?

· What are the regulatory changes that need to be in place?

· What are the prerequisites for creating practical business models?

· How do we stimulate internet usage through affordable service delivery in rural India?

· What can the government do to encourage such business models?

Group 3

1100 - 1315 hrs

Developing a Digital Workforce - Empowering the Current and Future Workforce through Digital Literacy

Moderated by

  • Mr Pramod Bhasin, Non-Executive Vice Chairman and former President and CEO, Genpact
  • Mr Atul Bhatnagar , Chief Operating officer, National Skill Development Corporation*

India's success in the technology sector has been based on our strength in skilled workforce. There are significant challenges in creating similar program to help build out the Made in India campaign in the manufacturing sector. The key questions are:

· How should we define Digital Literacy? What does this mean and how much is still left to be done. What should we target to achieve over the next 3, 5 and 10 years?

· What are the most effective measures Govt can take to enhance digital literacy and what kind of PPPs can we build to really take this to a completely different level? What are the biggest roadblocks to achieving digital literacy and how do we overcome these?

· What is the role schools, colleges and vocational institutions, skills training providers can play in this area? How can that role be made much more effective and impact many more people?

· How can digital literacy empower the unorganised sectors and entrepreneurship across India--in areas that are not touched by it normally--agriculture, farmers, construction, etc? How can this help bring a real revolution to these sectors which represent the majority of the work force?

· How can digital literacy help create employability and access to jobs? How can it empower women and the hard to reach communities across India and bring them into the mainframe?

· How can we use Digital literacy to substantially improve Governance and Transparency specially in public services and delivery of these across the population?

· How can we use digital literacy to solve substantive problems such as Healthcare, Swatch Bharat, Build Smart Cities, increase Employability.

Group 4

1100 - 1315 hrs

Delivering Critical Services through a Universal, Verifiable Digital Identity

Moderated by

  • Mr Rajesh Bansal , Assistant Director General, UIDAI
  • Mr Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, CII National Committee on IT and ITes and Chairman, Microsoft

The UID is already the largest program of its kind in the world. The real benefits will accrue when we build on this program to create add on programs which will harness what has been created and co-ordinate with financial, telecom & regulatory entities to create a collaborative model around direct benefit transfer and universal banking. Some of the key points that need to be discussed are:

· What are the top 3 high-impact applications that would leverage the UID platform to offer critical services?

· How can the govt. foster public and private sector innovation, and entrepreneurial creativity to foster UID-linked application to access services?

· What is the potential for cross-sector collaboration and new business opportunities? For example, leveraging UID for enabling direct subsidies would require an effective partnership between financial services and energy sectors. What other avenues are worth exploring?

· What is the action plan for different stakeholders and enablers?

o Government and regulators

o Corporates and institutions

o Financial ecosystem partners

o Telecom and IT companies

o Individuals

1315 - 1415 hrs

Networking Lunch

1415 - 1435 hrs

Report back by Group 1

1435 - 1455 hrs

Report back by Group 2

1455 - 1515 hrs

Report back by Group 3

1515 - 1535 hrs

Report back by Group 4

1535 - 1550 hrs

Tea/ Coffee Break

1550 - 1700 hrs

Summing up and finalization of recommendation of each group by Mr Kiran Karnik

Day 2 - 24 April 2015: Hall No. 14, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

1100 hrs

Inauguration of Digital Pavilion by Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications & Information Technology.

1130 - 1300 hrs

Panel Discussion on "Accelerating the Digital transition"

The Panel Discussion will focus on the imperatives required to ensure digitization across the value chain and what stakeholders must do to ensure that digitization supports sustainable growth.

Outcomes from the discussions on Day 1 will be presented by each of the Session Chair to Hon'ble Minister

"Release of the CII Compendium on cross company best practices / success stories on Digital India by Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology"

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