In addition the State Data Centre in Chandigarh is set to be redesigned for which STPI has been engaged. Further, Nasscom will also start its 'NASSCOM Assesment of Competence (NAC)' program in Chandigarh. The exam will take place on the 5th of September. Under its initiative of 'IT for society' the administration has launched SWAN in its pilot phase. It has already brought gram samparks in two villages and will shortly cover the entire 17 villages before the end of this year.
Talking to FE, Manjit Brar, director IT, Chandigarh informed that though developments on the infrastructure front have lagged with projects like international airport and mass rapid transport system for Chandigarh taking time, the focus of the IT department has been on increasing the talent pool in the city. For this it has completely redefined the course curriculum for its C-TOSS program. In addition the course will now be available to students of Class VI and IX.
The program currently runs for 38 government model schools in the city and will further be extended to rural schools at distant places.
To augment talent pool at middle management, the UT administration is in talks with educational institutions where executives can take up courses to enhance their skills and qualifications. Also, NASSCOM has signed an MOU with the UT administration for kicking of its 'NASSCOM Assesment of Competence (NAC)' program in Chandigarh. Further, the e-governance program too has been extended to six departments in the UT administration-transport, electricity, urban planning, education and health, where public interface with government is maximum.