On 17th December, 2014, National eGovernance Division (NeGD) hosted a half a day workshop for ‘Developing Implementation Strategy for Capacity Building Scheme Phase II. NeGD is the implementer of Capacity Building Scheme under National eGovernance Plan (NeGP) and the workshop was held as an initiative towards broad-basing the capacity building efforts.
The consultative workshop aimed at convergence of efforts of all the stakeholders involved in change management, training and human resources towards eGovernance, and collectively develop the plan for CB Phase II. The stakeholders included officers dealing with eGovernance projects and capacity building from States/UTs & Central Line Ministries, members from State e-Mission Teams, Academia, Industry and Training Institutes (Govt and private) and HR organizations.
The objective of the workshop was to hold brainstorming sessions to arrive at recommendations and suggestions for implementation of the components of CB Scheme Phase II. For this purpose, the workshop was divided in four thematic areas for discussion:
- Develop a strategy for reaching out to right candidate and enhance the sourcing pool for State e-Mission Team to get quality and timely resources.
- Suggest contemporary and relevant training courses, certification and qualifications for eGovernance roles (ref: eGovernance Competency Framework & trainings envisaged under CB Phase II)
- Approach for Developing Knowledge Management Strategy for NeGP.
- Approach to Set Up Learning Management System for NeGP.
The 76 workshop participants represented over 20 organizations and 21 state & central Government representatives, in addition to officers present from MeitY and NeGD. The workshop started with a welcome address by Sh. Anoop Agrawal, P&CEO, NeGD.
Excerpts from the Workshop:
Secretary, MeitY, where he emphasized on the critical need for capacity building in IT space. He said that that consistent change in technology has been creating huge gap between the kind of required capacities versus existing capacities in the current scenario, therefore capacity building is required at each level, i.e from the top official to the operator level and from Central Government to Panchayat.
Shri. Rajendra Kumar, Joint Secretary, MeitY gave an overview of ‘Capacity Building Scheme Phase II: About the scheme implementation and way forward’. He said that the scheme is aligned to the vision of Digital India which aims to transform India to a knowledge society. He added that the scheme would be building capacities at all levels and would also focus on Government’s strategic control over projects and exit management strategy.
Shri. Tapan Ray, Addl. Secretary, MeitY in his address on ‘CB phase II-The challenges and opportunities’ said that the focus of the scheme is on outcomes. He said that eGovernance and Digital India are a paradigm shift in governance and the timeframe to implement this is limited within 3-4 years, hence there is an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute. He added that capacity building at this magnitude can only be done by leveraging technology. A strong focus should be on building Learning Management System and Knowledge Management System and leverage the same for skill building with speed scale.
NeGD as the central coordinating agency at the national level should work with this vision for all these activities. Shri. Anoop Agrawal, P&CEO, NeGD gave a detailed presentation on Digital India to enlighten the participants about its objectives. Following the presentations, Dr. Vashima Shubha, Sr. Consultant, NeGD shared the format for discussion and announced the allocation of groups around the four thematic area.