The National Informatics centre (NIC)
was set up in March 1977 by the Government
of India. From the genesis of the concept of NIC in 1973 to its nucleation by 1975
and followed by commissioning of NICNET in 1977, it has been a phase of innovation
penetrating through the barriers of conservatism in Govt. Organizations for Computer
based Information System. With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with
all the State Governments and with their active support in implementing the computer-communication
network, NICNET, the National Informatics Centre has become a bridge between the
State Governments and the Central Government on the one hand and the State Governments
and their District administrations on the other. In NIC's approach to National Informatics,
therefore, the State Government becomes a focal point with downward coordination
with the District Administrations and upward coordination with the Central Government
Departments. The greatest asset of NIC, today, is its pool of about 3000 well trained
and motivated computer personnel, specialized in informatics, working with dedication
and quietly catalyzing the transformation of work culture in the Ministries/Departments.
The principal objectives of NIC include:
• Development of computer-based information
systems in various sectors of the economy for planning, project monitoring and decision
• Promotion of informatics culture at District. State and National Level.
• Improvement of the analytical capability and presentation of information utilised
for National, State and District level planning.
• Development of modelling, forecasting
and simulation techniques' that are required for planning and decision support.
• Establishment of a computer-communication network ensuring ready access of information
across the nation and enabling optimal use of resources.
• Evolving standards for
data collection, compilation and dissemination, with the cooperation of related
agencies at District, State and Central levels.