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Plight of CDAC Multilingual software

Posted by egovindia on August 1, 2006

Date:     Mon, 31 Jul 2006 22:24:25 +0500
From:    “S J” <sunjdev@vsnl.net>  Add to Address BookAdd to Address Book  Add Mobile Alert
Subject:    Plight of CDAC Multilingual software
To:    “egovindia” <egovindia@yahoo.com>
CC:    “jayadev” <jayadev@india.com>

I am very sorry to bring this matter to discussion.

C-DAC, a ‘pioneer’ organisation offering multilingual technology enabling regional language

support for software users in India. By doing so they ‘help’ the e-Gov Project indirectly.

They offer many products like

(i) iLeap (A ‘Packaged Word Processor’ for Indian Languages)

(ii) ISM Office (An ‘Interface’ helping users to key the local languages when using

        applications such as MS Office, Pagemaker and so on)

C-DAC feel that ‘the Interface’ – ISM (Rs. 6000/- plus) is for business users and

‘package’ i-Leap (per license Rs. 2000/- + plus) is for home (SOHO) segment.

Please note the price difference!

Now ISM is protected by dongle (hardware lock) and the full version of i-Leap requires that the

i-Leap CD be always inserted in the CD Drive os the users PC. Invariably, both are license

protected single user versions like ‘MS Office’.

A network version (multi-license) is available which can be used at a single networked site.

A corporate license can be ‘considered’ by C-DAC if user licenses for ISM ‘exceeds 500’.

That is Rs.6000/- plus x 500 = Rs. 30 lac.

Mainly, Govt organisations are using ISM. Is there any Govt establsihment that could spent

Rs 30 lac on ISM alone. I do not know.

All these issues arose when our Regional Office reported that i-Leap does not work with

Windows XP-64bit / 2003 after our recent upgrade. Please see the mails enclosed.

I wonder if C-DAC is grooming to be another ‘Indian Microsoft’ at a time when FOSS are

preferred over proprietory software. Any comments….

Jayadev Anand

—– Original Message —–

From: Mita Karajagi

To: MGK

Cc: Swapneel ; gistinfo@transmaticsystems.com

Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 4:51 PM

Subject: Re: I Leap problem

Manoj

I think we can offer Corporate License but it would be better if you could pitch for 500 licenses of ISM V5.

Pl. give us complete case details so that we can work out something attractive.

Regards

Mita

—– Original Message —–

From: MGK

To: Mita Karajagi

Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 4:23 PM

Subject: Re: I Leap problem

Just to clarify, in case the requirement is for 60 different locations, can we think of and suggest Corporate licenses

for a quantity of 100 Nos? If so at what price can we quote that? Will you be able to work out a special price for us? 

I am looking at a solution similar to what we have offered to XYZ.

Manoj

—– Original Message —–

From: Mita Karajagi

To: MGK ; gistinfo@transmaticsystems.com

Cc: Swapneel

Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 4:06 PM

Subject: Re: I Leap problem

Dear Manoj,

1. I am sure you know, we do not offer site-licensing for ISM Soft.

2. Site-Licensing is applicable only if software is to be used in one location, one building not 60 different locations.

Regards

Mita

Daer Sir,

Plese goes through below email’s

rgds

Rajeev Roy

Executive-Gist

—– Original Message —–

From: gistinfo

To: Swapneel

Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 11:30 AM

Subject: Re: I Leap problem

Dear Swapneel,

The reason why recommened this product because of the type of application, and the cost factor.V 5 is a costliear option in tearms of requirements 

Can we suggest some other products ?.

Regards

Rajeev Roy

Executive-Gist

—– Original Message —–

From: Swapneel

To: ‘gistinfo’

Cc: ‘MANOJ KADAKAMPALLY’ ; ‘Mita’

Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 11:09 AM

Subject: RE: I Leap problem

Dear Rajeev,

iLEAP is not enabled for Win 2K3 and 64 bit XP OS. iLEAP is a product for SOHO segment ( Home PC users). I am not sure how it reaches Govt Organisations. Please recommend ISM V5.

Regards,

Swapneel

From: gistinfo [mailto:gistinfo@transmaticsystems.com]
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 11:01 AM
To: Swapneel
Cc: MANOJ KADAKAMPALLY
Subject: Reg: I Leap problem

Dear Swapneel,

We got the enquiry from ABC (Govt) for  I Leap S/W,I tested this software for there regional office’s, but the problem is after the installation complete the software does not work,it shows

The image file C:\program file (x86) I leap bin\I leap exe is valid, but is for a machine type other than the current machine”

the OS is ( Windows XP professional X 64 edition) Version 2003

Kindly give your advice at earliest

Regards

Rajeev Roy

Executive-Gist

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Plight of CDAC Multilingual software

Posted by egovindia on July 17, 2006

Very sorry to bring this matter to discussion about CDAC and Multilingual Software

C-DAC, a ‘pioneer’ organisation offering multilingual technology enabling regional language

support for software users in India. By doing so they ‘help’ the e-Gov Project indirectly.

They offer many products like

(i) iLeap (A ‘Packaged Word Processor’ for Indian Languages)

(ii) ISM Office (An ‘Interface’ helping users to key the local languages when using

applications such as MS Office, Pagemaker and so on)

C-DAC feel that ‘the Interface’ – ISM (Rs. 6000/- plus) is for business users and

‘package’ i-Leap (per license Rs. 2000/- + plus) is for home (SOHO) segment.

Please note the price difference!

Now ISM is protected by dongle (hardware lock) and the full version of i-Leap requires that the

i-Leap CD be always inserted in the CD Drive os the users PC. Invariably, both are license

protected single user versions like ‘MS Office’.

A network version (multi-license) is available which can be used at a single networked site.

A corporate license can be ‘considered’ by C-DAC if user licenses for ISM ‘exceeds 500’.

That is Rs.6000/- plus x 500 = Rs. 30 lac.

Mainly, Govt organisations are using ISM. Is there any Govt establsihment that could spent

Rs 30 lac on ISM alone. I do not know.

All these issues arose when our Regional Office reported that i-Leap does not work with

Windows XP-64bit / 2003 after our recent upgrade. Please see the mails enclosed.

I wonder if C-DAC is grooming to be another ‘Indian Microsoft’ at a time when FOSS are

preferred over proprietory software. Any comments….

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eGovernance through Regional Languages

Posted by egovindia on July 16, 2006

eGovernance through Regional Languages

With increasing recognition of information technology in catalyzing economic activity and efficient governance, countries have benefited through eGovernance. In India, application of Indian languages on computers has driven eGovernance initiatives. C-DAC has applied language technologies successfully to a number of eGovernance solutions to deliver efficient Government Services in a transparent manner.

Practically all world economies have recognized importance of information technology in catalyzing economic activity, in efficient governance and in human resource development. They have, therefore, made significant investments and successfully integrated it with the development process in reaping the benefits of the information technology revolution that is taking place globally, to their society. In India, likewise, these developments have impacted the Industrial, Education, Service and Government sectors, and their influence on various applications is increasingly being felt of late.

As the era of digital economy is evolving, a significant impact of these developments has been felt in eGovernance. The questions often asked in the context are:

 

  • How government can become more responsive and accessible?
  • How can the government enhance its role as a catalyst of economic growth?
  • How can one provide better Government services? and
  • How can the Government use advanced technologies for transferring benefits to the society in terms of improving health care, education, administrative and citizen interface services?

eGovernance consequently has emerged as a technologically driven methodology to realize economic prosperity leading to transparency, providing information speedily to all citizens, improving administrative efficiency, improving public services, higher velocity of business, improved productivity and an exciting business opportunity.

In a large, geographically dispersed, demographic multilingual country India, the common thread in implementing and achieving these basic objectives of eGovernance has been the development and adoption of language computing tools and methodologies. The Government officials in various provinces, the non-government functionaries across the country and the people, mostly use their own language in day-to-day work, be it in Government administration at various levels, in business, in profession, in services or in school education. Thus, if the fruits of information technology revolution have to spread to all these participating members, in Government and public, it is best done through the use of computers in their own languages.

Out of a billion population, there are only 5% people in India who know or speak English, with balance 95% (950 million) people speaking or practicing in at least 18 different officially recognized languages. This poses both a challenge and an opportunity.

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has made pioneering contributions in developing Indian language tools with natural language processing, and in evolving script and font standards through its GIST technology, to enable and spread use of computers in various languages. It accordingly took up the initiative of developing important eGovernance solutions in Indian languages, which impact Government and the citizens both. This initiative started in 1997 and has grown to a significant extent by the end of 2001. Significant parameters of this initiative were:

 

  • Improve government’s own functioning
  • Provide better service to citizens in a transparent manner
  • Reduce hassles, corruption and drudgery in various government bodies – public interactive functions


Significant information technology based applications developed and successfully commissioned under this initiative are:

 

  • Public Works Department (Maharashtra State) – Covered Works, Accounts, Employees and Tender management modules networking the various 250 state offices to lead to an improved, transparent and efficient system of works services. Involved an outlay of Rs. 10.5 crores (U.S. $ 2.0 Million) to address Works Services of an average Rs. 2500 crore (US$ 500 Million) of the PWD – Maharashtra. This is now proposed for other States also.
  • Stamp Registration (Maharashtra and U.P. States) – Provided on-line property registration, valuation and report generation across 366 offices at various state administrative units, reducing time from several days to mere 20 minutes for an individual, and increasing number of registered documents from 16 to 40 per day with 10 – 15% revenue increase. Involved an outlay of Rs. 5.5 crores (US$ 1 Million) to address a Statewide annual revenue of Rs. 2000 crores (US$ 400 Million).
  • Municipal Corporations (Karnataka) – Computerized major functions of property tax valuation/collection, issue and record of death/birth certificates, water supply billing, consumer complaints and internal MIS functions providing improved citizen services. Involved an outlay of Rs. 2.5 crores (US$ 0.5 Million) in the first phase of six Corporations to address a budget of Rs. 2000 crores (US$ 400 Million).
  • Octroi collection (Nashik – Maharashtra) – Dispensed with cash collection at remote check posts, providing instant valuation, receipt and reconciliation of accounts in a transparent manner. Total outlay Rs. 60 lakhs (US$ 0.1 Million).
  • Decision Support System (Andhra Pradesh State) – Implemented a data warehouse of land and person data of 60 million population to enable well informed, timely and accurate policy decisions by the Government officials across various departments. Involved an outlay of Rs. 5 crores (US$ 1 Million) to address the total State data.
  • Hospital Management System (Specialty and Government Hospitals) – Implemented to improve Healthcare services for the patients. Involved an outlay of Rs. 1.5 crore (US$ 0.3 Million) over two hospitals of 500 beds and 1500 beds respectively.
  • GIS based Land Management (Industrial Development Corporations) – Implemented at a cost of Rs. 55 lakhs (US$ 0.11 Million) to provide web-based access to land data covering allotment, transfer, mortgage, surrender, etc. of industrial development units, in the particular case for MIDC, Maharashtra.
  • Archives Computerization – This application enables effective scanning and archival of various types of old documents with proper enhancement, indexing and retrieval facilities. This application has been successfully deployed for Department of Archives, Govt. of Maharashtra.

All these applications have been very effective in the achievement of their objective, have involved significant technology component covering web, data warehousing, database architecture, Geomatics, Scan/Archive, advanced software tools, and applied in a most innovative manner, ensured replicability to other organizations by building a licensable software product. These also enabled, through business process re-engineering, an effective organizational change to ease their functions and offer a more productive service to the intended beneficiaries. Their relevance has been equally brought about by providing language technology component of significance to the target user group(s), which have broken any language barriers by enabling users to interact with computers in their own languages.

C-DAC groups were organized activity-wise to implement various development projects that were commissioned during the period 1997-2001. The groups comprised of approximately 100 software professionals who worked over an approximate budget of Rs. 30 crores (US$ 6 million) to address the direct business of over Rs. 6500 crores (US$ 1.3 Billion) of the State Governments annually. This initiate is now being spread to other parts of the country to similarly provide effective solutions and services.

C-DAC is an institution of a 575 regular plus 175 contract staff of high skills in advanced information technologies, training and business activities. It is an autonomous scientific institution of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Govt. of India. It currently operates on an annual budget of Rs. 100 crores (US$ 20 million) and works with a network of 100 plus partner institutions in the private enterprise for providing training and support services countrywide.

Set up over a decade ago, as India’s national initiative for design, development and delivery of high performance computing (supercomputer systems) and solutions based on parallel processing technology, C-DAC has over the years diversified its activities, transferring the expertise it acquired and technologies it developed in the high-end computing to develop and deploy Information Technology (IT) based solutions in various sectors of economy. Through this approach, it has maintained a balance between developing strategic technologies needed in the country in the high performance computing area for achieving self-reliance, and addressing mission critical problems in the science and engineering fields on one hand, and using expertise developed to commercialize its technologies and products to meet the requirements in various sectors of economy on the other.

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