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We are pleasure to share Dr. Jaijit Bhattacharya’s thoughts in the keynote of “Government Digital Transformation Summit – 2022”, celebrating Azadi ka Digital Mahotsav

Under the current procurement norms, India has a policy for 30 per cent offset on defense procurement. This creates an immense opportunity for domestic manufacturers, and service providers. More importantly, this also creates an opportunity for developing domestic IPR to take benefit of the 30 per cent defense offset policy, thus enabling growth in the domestic sector, and leading to a more secure nation.

Since the majority of the digital economy players in India are from the US, C-DEP organized an interactive session between AMCHAM CEOs and Shri Nitin Gadkari, National President of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), on digital economy. This interaction was a follow-up of the first CEO’s interactive session with Shri Gadkari on strengthening India’s digital economy policies, and was held on 13th June, 2012 at New Delhi.

The Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (C-DEP) and the Centre for Knowledge Sovereignty (CKS), in partnership with Amcham, NASSCOM, FICCI and ICA organized a CEO’s interaction on Digital Economy Policy with Shri Nitin Gadkari, National President, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on 3rd May 2012 at the ITC Maratha in Mumbai.

C-DEP was requested by Lt. General S P Kochhar, Signals-Offcier-in-Chief and the second in-command of the Indian Army, to make a presentation at DEFCOM’12, the largest and most prestigious pan Asian defense conference organized by the Indian Army.

DEFCOM is a platform to showcase outstanding and innovative technology and concepts to key Defense Ministry representatives.

C-DEP organized this event looking at the gap in the domestic demand and supply prevailing in the ESDM sector. The aim of the event was to build a global brand for ‘Made in India’ electronic products, and to establish India as a leading destination for ESDM sector. 

Dignitaries from Government including National Security Council, Department of Telecommunications, CERT-IN, Industry and Academia participated in Roundtable on Cybersecurity and discussed the contribution of the Industry and the academia to the challenges in cyber-security faced by the nation and the capabilities that reside in India.

During IIGC, Dr, Jaijit Bhattacharya, President, C-DEP Chaired a session on e-Politics where senior representatives from various Indian political parties including the Congress, BJP, and CPM participated.


A training program driven by the C-DEP, was developed specifically for the visually challenged to reach a particularly under-served population. This training program, which uses affordable technology, was conducted at Lab-in-Box at NCERT by Krishnakant Mane, a scientist from IIT Mumbai. Visually challenged himself, Mane has been working on software solutions for the blind.

C-DEP was invited to participate in, and partner with FICCI, the Internet Society and the Department of Electronics and IT, Government of India, at the India Internet Governance Session held on 4th and 5th October 2012 at New Delhi.

Government, Industry and Academia Roundtable on Cybersecurity at IIT Delhi

Dignitaries from Government including National Security Council, Department of Telecommunications, CERT-IN, Industry and Academia participated in Roundtable on Cybersecurity and discussed the contribution of the Industry and the academia to the challenges in cyber-security faced by the nation and the capabilities that reside in India.

Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR- ARC)

C-DEP was invited by the Indian Ocean Region Association of Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) to present the details of the eHealth Centre (eHC). The purpose of this was to consider the eHC adoption in the member countries from South Africa, Iran, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, to Madagascar, Mozambique, East Africa, Australia, and Indonesia among others. The presentation was well received with keen interest on the roadmap ahead.

Paul Ellingstad, Partnership and Program Development Director of HP Sustainability and Social Innovation and Dr. Ajay Kumar, Member of Parliament from Jamshedpur discussing the success and roadmap for the eHC

Attendees at the IOR-RC Conceptualization and Launch of eHealth Centre (eHC) along with CSIR

C-DEP provided support to Hewlett Packard (HP) and the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) for the thought leadership and deployment of the eHealth Centre. The rapidly deployable fully integrated cloud-enabled eHealth Centre (eHC) was launched on December 11th, 2012. The first eHC , is being implemented in partnership with O.P. Jindal Sansthan, 3M India, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Medical Research & Education and Orion eServices at Chausala village in Kaithal district, Haryana.


C-DEP, in partnership with the Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi, organized a ‘Workshop on IPR’ on 17th December 2012 at DMS Auditorium, 4th Floor, Vishwakarma Bhawan, IIT Delhi.

The pre-meeting was attended by representatives from Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces, think-tanks, industry and academia. The list of participants is given as ANNEXURE I.


The purpose of the meeting was to deliberate how the major issues of concern pertaining to technology sovereignty of the nation, raised during the national seminar on ‘Technology Sovereignty 2012’ (TS 2012) could be taken to the next level through ‘Technology Sovereignty 2013’ (TS 2013)…..

Report on National Seminar on Best Practices in Public Procurement in ICT

The Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (C-DEP), in partnership with IIT Delhi, conceptualized and created a national level platform for Best Practices in Public Procurement held on 17th July 2013 at IIT Delhi.

Due to C-DEP’s position as a trusted advisor to the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposal (DGS&D), DGS&D partnered with C-DEP and IIT Delhi for this event, which was a first of its kind where stakeholders from the government and industry captains from the top digital economy companies of India interacted on policy mechanisms that would strengthen the nation’s public procurement process.

National Conclave on Technological Sovereignty 2013

As an outcome of the National Conclave on Technological Sovereignty, 2012, it was decided to focus on two key concerns for achieving Technological Sovereignty. These concerns were (a) Further streamlining of the defence procurement process and (b) Institutionalization of partnering with the industry to achieve technological sovereignty.

The National Conclave on Technological Sovereignty, 2012, was held because it is believed that the world is now in an era where warfare will be asymmetric in nature and will be conducted using non- traditional means.

Continuation of the initiatives to streamline the Defence Procurement Process

It is generally perceived that the defence procurement process disincentivizes local production of defence goods. This conclave attempted to identify the procurement issues as perceived by the industry and propose a model Defence Procurement Process that can address the current situation.