The Ministry of Shipping has laid foundation stone for setting up of a National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC) at IIT Chennai to give technological support to ports and maritime sector. It’ll be set up under Shipping Ministry’s flagship Sagarmala programme.
NTCPWC : National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts
NTCPWC, being setup under the Delivery Ministry’s flagship programme Sagarmala, will act as a technology arm of the Ministry of Shipping for providing engineering and technological inputs and support for Slots, Inland Waterways Authority of India and other institutions. It’ll carry on applied research in the areas of 2D and 3D Modelling of ocean, coastal and estuarine flows, sediment transport and morphodynamics, navigation and maneuvering, dredging and siltation, port and coastal engineering-structures and breakwaters, autonomous platforms and vehicles, experimental and CFD modeling of movement and hull interaction, hydrodynamics of multiple hulls and sea renewable energy. The centre will provide indigenous software and technology, make specialized guidelines and requirements and address port and maritime issues with models and simulations. The centre will not only help generate new technology and innovations but also work towards their successful commercialization. It will provide learning opportunities for individuals working in Ministry of Shipping and delivery.
Key Facts:National Technology Centre
NTCPWC is being set up at a cost of Rs 70.53 crore to be shared by Ministry of Delivery, IWAI and the Major Ports. Ministry of Shipping’s grant is towards capital expenditure for creating facilities like Field Research Facility (FRF), Sedimentation and Erosion Management Test Basin and Ship/Tow Simulator. The centre will be self sustainable in three years through industry consultancy projects for Indian and global port and maritime sector.
The establishing of NTCPWC would give a boost to the development of indigenous technology relevant to the port and maritime sector in India. This would also be a major shot in the arm for the Government’s ‘’Make in India” programme, and provide a press to its Sagar Mala program
Envisioned as a global course state-of-the – art centre, NTCPWC is a hub for latest technology tools and reduce our dependence on foreign institutions. It will also reduce the cost of research drastically and result in cost and time savings for work in the slot and maritime sector.
The shipping ministry has create a centre in a joint initiative with IIT Madras to accelerate indigenous development of technology and patents, and reduce reliance on costly foreign consultations.
One of the central objectives of the National Technology Centre for Ports , Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC) is to help increase the country’s capital and operational ability to handle complex port projects, while reducing costs arising mainly from foreign consultations.
“NTCPWC “would noticeably raise development of indigenous technology for the interface and maritime sector in India, ” Union delivery and water resources minister Nitin Gadkari informed. “This effort shows how the government, academia and the industry can collaborate to make applied research highly relevant to day-to-day work.”
The centre, supported by the ministry’s flagship Sagarmala Project, will be located at the satellite campus of IIT Madras at Thaiyur, near Chennai. It is expected to serve as the technological arm of the shipping ministry, built at a total cost of Rs 70.53 crore (capital costs of Rs 44.79 crore and operational expenses of Rs 25.74 crore) to be shared by the delivery ministry, Inland Waterways Expert of India and major ports.
Some of the areas determined for applied research by the new centre are 2D and 3D modelling of ocean, coastal and estuarine flows, autonomous or self-driven platforms and vehicles, port and coastal executive structures and breakwaters, dredging and siltation technology.
This applied research is expected to be employed in upcoming projects in the next few years, “NTCPWC “will be working on 11 futuristic projects within the next three years, with the thrust areas being technology development, modelling and software products, bridge simulator and testing facilities,” said Professor K Murali, of the Department of Ocean Engineering at IIT Madras, who is the nodal officer of NTCPWC.
The futuristic projects include development of autonomous surface vehicles to map marine environments and water quality, a customisable siltation tool, simulation of ship interactions in inland and shallow waters, and a tool to assess the impact of ship or boat waves on banks. Some of the technology being developed could help with measuring the carbon footprint of the shipping and delivery tasks on oceans, said V Sundar, the other nodal officer of the centre and professor of ocean anatomist at the institute.
Sagar Mala project
Sagar Mala project is a strategic and customer-oriented ₹8 trillion (US$120 billion or €100 billion) investment initiative of the Government of India entailing setting up of 6 and more mega slots, modernization of several dozen more ports, development of 14 and more Coastal Economic Zones and at least 29 Coastal Economic Models, development of mines, commercial corridors, rail, road and airport linkages with these drinking water slots, resulting in US$110 billion export revenue growth, generation of 150,000 direct jobs and several times more indirect jobs. It aims to modernize India’s Ports so that port-led development can be augmented and coastlines can be developed to contribute in India’s growth.
The 21st Country wide Conference on e-Governance was held in Hyderabad, capital city of Telangana. This year, theme of the conference was ‘Technology for accelerating Development’.
It was organised by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), along with Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeITY) in association with Telangana.
The Union Minister of Condition for Consumers Affairs, Food & General public Distribution and Commerce & Industry, Shri C.R. Choudhary and the Minister of Information Technology, Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Sectors and Business of Telangana state, Shri K.T. Ramarao inaugurated the 21st National Meeting on e-Governance in Hyderabad today.
In his Presidential address Shri C.R. Choudhary has called for a change in the mind-set of people if e-Governance has to be made effective and bring qualitative changes in people’s life. Through e-Governance we can bring transparency, eliminate corruption and reduce time in delivery of services to citizens, he added.
He added further that e-Governance can help in ease of doing business and thus fulfill the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s objective of attracting more Foreign Direct Investment into the country.
Three plenary sessions on the first day would be based on sub-themes – Building Consumer Experience, Universalisation and Replication, and Regulating e-Governance. On the second day, the plenary sessions would centre on e-Governance Good/Best Practices and Growing Systems. For the wrap-up session, ‘Synergising Role of Country wide and State Governments’ is the theme.
The conference serves as a forum in which Secretaries of Administrative Reforms and Information Technology of the Condition Governments, IT Managers of the Central Government, and software solution providers would exchange opinions, discuss issues and analyse various solution frameworks, they said.
Minister for IT, Municipal Administration and Industries K.T. Rama Rao would be the chief guest at the inaugural program. Union Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Y.S. Choudary would preside over the proceedings.
Minister of Condition in the PMO, Jitendra Singh would give away the awards. Other important speakers include DARPG Secretary K.V. Eapen, CEO of UIDAI Ajay Bhushan Pandey and Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics & IT Ajay Prakash Sawhney.
Shri K.T.Ramarao stated that digital revolution should lead to digital democracy and fruits of technological power should be used for economic development of the people. He cited several IT projects that helped in removing obstructions to vehicle owners through RTA m-wallet. This finances was downloaded by three million people in three months, indicating its relevance to people. Likewise he highlighted success of 4500 Me-Seva centres in Telangana condition, which registered 10 crore transactions (1.5 lakh transactions per day). He announced that an upgraded version of Me-Seva 2.0 App encompassing 180 government services will be launched soon.
He said e-Governance can help in ease of doing business and thus fulfil the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s objective of attracting more Foreign Direct Investment into the country. He said good strategies needed good implementation through e-Governance. Urging the use of Technology for development, he wished the delegates fruitful deliberations during the -panel conversations.
Shri K.T.Ramarao further stated that an upgraded version of Me-Seva 2.0 App encompassing 180 government services will be launched soon. The minister, highlightened an important measure to attract purchases into Telangana State, said an investor now need to apply online only through TS iPass, upon which a decision will be conveyed within enough time limit of 15 days. Even when there is a delay, it is deemed approval. So far 6000 clearances were given under new guidelines. Shri Ramarao said that Telangana Condition has become Number One in the ratings of ‘Ease of doing Business’, bringing in Rs. 1,20,000 crore assets and creating 3 lakh jobs.
Electronic governance or E-governance
Electronic governance or e-governance is the application of information and communication 21st National Conference on e-Governance held in Hyderabad technology (ICT) for delivering government services, exchange of information, communication transactions, integration of various stand-alone systems and services between government-to-citizen (G2C), government-to-business (G2B), government-to-government (G2G) , government-to-employees (G2E) as well as back office processes and interactions within the entire government framework.
Through e-governance, government services will be produced open to citizens in a convenient, efficient and transparent manner. The three main target groups that can be distinguished in governance concepts are government, citizens and businesses/interest groups. In e-governance there are no specific boundaries.