The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched the India Web Browser Development Challenge (IWBDC) on Wednesday, according to a press release.

IWBDC is an open challenge designed to inspire and empower technology enthusiasts, innovators and developers from across the country to create home-grown web browsers.

The event attracted more than 200 participants from government departments, industries, start-ups and academia, participating online and offline.

It also organized a panel discussion where MeitY, CCA and C-DAC officials answered questions from the participants.

Meanwhile, MeitY is reportedly working on an Indian cloud infrastructure policy. In May, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced plans to invest $12.7 billion (roughly Rs. 105,600 crore) in cloud infrastructure in India by 2030. The planned investment in India’s data center infrastructure will support an estimated average of 1,31,700 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs added annually by Indian businesses, Amazon’s cloud computing arm AWS said in a statement.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India Vision is driving the expansion of cloud computing and data centers in India,” Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, said at the time. “MeitY is also developing cloud and data center policies to promote innovation, sustainability and growth of cloud in India,” the minister added.

In March, a senior MeitY official had said that all IT systems in the central government would start supporting Hindi email communications within the next two years.

Addressing the opening event of Universal Acceptance (UA) Day, MeitY Additional Secretary Bhuvnesh Kumar said that work has started to make 15 ministries’ websites UA compliant and their content is being made available in Hindi.


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