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    Introduction

    Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is the Commercial Capital of Kerala. Kochi popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea flaunts one of the finest natural harbours of the world and was the centre of the World Spices Trade for many centuries. Kochi and Mumbai are the only two cities which have landing points for International Submarine Cable Links for 15 GBPS bandwidth and Kochi turns out to have the cheapest network bandwidth cost. One of the recent surveys by NASSCOM has identified Kochi as the second-best ITES (Information Technology Enabled Services) destination in the country. Kerala has the highest literacy rates and Kochi is the first district in Kerala to have achieved 100% literacy rate in the country. INFOPARK located at Kakkanad, Kochi is one of the newly developed IT Parks of the Government of Kerala and has ambitious plans to become one of the major IT Parks in the country. The IT and ITES companies in INFOPARK benefit from the infrastructure facilities as well as the low-cost INTERNET bandwidth. The Software Development & Training Centre (SDTC) Kochi is located at Kakkanad close to Cochin Special Economic Zone and INFOPARK and ideally placed at a strategic location to offer wide range of e-Governance services.

    Software Development & Training Centre (SDTC) Kochi

    The National Informatics Centre (NIC), a premier Government organization in the field of Information Technology under Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, has established NICNET (NIC Network) as a network backbone for driving e-Governance and bridging both Information and Communication gaps and e-Governance support to Central Government, State Governments, UT Administrations, Districts and other Government bodies. NIC provides a wide range of ICT services to Government Departments by designing and developing ICT solutions including most of the Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) at Central and State level.

    Software Development & Training Centre (SDTC) Kochi has been established at Kendriya Bhavan Kakkanad just opposite to the Cochin Special Economic Zone. SDTC Kochi provides INTERNET bandwidth support to about 47 locations including Airport, Lakshadweep Adminsitration, Lakshadweep Islands, Central Organizations like Spices Board, Coir Board etc. SDTC Kochi also provides e-Governance related ICT support services to Central Government Departments, Boards, Public Sector Undertakings, etc in Kochi.

    SDTC Kochi aspires to become a premier Government Department under NIC specializing in industry-standard e-Governance Products and services, Development of ICT Skills of internal NIC Employees, implementing e-Governance standards in all products and services, developing and or updating standards for Software Development Life Cycle, Product Testing and Acceptance, e-Gov and other software product training, fostering industry-academic collaboration. Conversion of the present Network Operating Centre (NOC) into a Business Continuity Centre (BCC) or a Data Centre for DR (Disaster Recovery) site.

    Our Mission is to achieve the vision by practicing the following activities and through sustained project management principles.

    1. Modules of National Mission Mode Projects (MMPs), State MMPs and District MMPs and newly identified national or state MMPs or other e-Gov projects could be taken up through Central Project Evaluation Committee (CPEC) and e-Gov Products and Services could be designed and developed using industry standards.
    2. Identification of Successful e-Gov projects and MMPs at States so that these projects could be generalized and productized. Bring out baskets of e-Gov Products and services which could be replicated in other states by the respective state units and district units.
    3. Successful District level e-GOV and MMPs may be productized and provide to various states and districts for replication
    4. Related projects / modules, under various identified domains from across projects, may be productized and brought out as full-fledged e-Gov product for replication in other states.
    5. Potential products and services as identified by International Cooperation Division may be assigned to various SD & TCs for expedited productization and customization.
    6. SDTC will bring out the Best Practices and Coding Standards for Software Development in NIC.
    7. Software Testing, Security Audit and other Infrastructure will be setup at SDTC Kochi and these facilities will be used for Software Testing and Acceptance in respect of outsourced e-Gov projects / products
    8. SDTC could offer Security Audit Services (Internal ) and Coordinate External Audits through identified vendors
    9. Enhancements of Products and Services as per Change Management
    10. Skill Development Programmes (SDP) at NIC will be coordinated by Training Division Delhi at National level and SDTC at Regional level
    11. Training on Products and Services may be coordinated by SDTC Kochi for replication
    12. Training Calendar for continuous Skill Development Programmes for NIC employees as well as for various Products and Services
    13. Customized Training for State and Central Government Departments
    14. Strategic Planning with Short-term objectives
    15. Best Management Practices
    16. Resource Management
    17. Establish a Data Centre at SDTC Kochi