National Informatics Centre: National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India is providing network backbone and e-Governance support to Central Government, State Governments, UT Administrations, Districts and other Government bodies. It offers a wide range of ICT (Information & Communications Technology) services including Nationwide Communication Network for decentralized planning, improvement in Government services and wider transparency of national and local Governments. NIC assists in implementing Information Technology Projects, in close collaboration with Central and State Governments, in the areas of Centrally sponsored schemes and Central sector schemes State sector and State sponsored projects, and District Administration sponsored projects.
District NIC unit, setup in 1989 has helped in making tremendous strides towards empowering district administration with IT tools, spreading IT culture and development/implementation of numerous IT applications. NIC is responsible for extending all type of Computer/IT support to the District administration as well as to all the Central and State government offices functioning within the District. SW training is also a regular job of NIC. Efforts are being made to make the employees literate/aware on computers and software applications. NIC is also acting as IT Consultant in the District for the government departments. Through its own Internet Gateway NIC is also providing Internet/Email and Video Conferencing services to the offices in the district. Various services of different departments were taken up for computerisation at Central, State or District level and have been successfully implemented at the field level. At present NIC Solan is providing following services to the various user/Departments.
NICNET Services: NIC, through its ICT Network, "NICNET", has institutional linkages with all the Ministries/Departments of the Central Government, 35 State Governments/Union Territories, and about 625 District administrations of India. NICNET services include File Transfer, Electronic Mail, Remote Database Access, Data broadcast and EDI.
Internet Access: It has been provided to D.C. Office, S.P. Office, DRDA Office and District Treasury Office through LAN and to ........................................... through NKN Project.
E-mail Service: The e-mail id’s of all the District level officers are created on the NIC mail server. The e-mail ids are provided to DC, SP, ADM, AC, All SDMs, All Tehsildars, DPO, PO DRDA, DRDA Office, Judges of the District court etc. to use the e-mail service of NIC.
Application Software Support :
Standard Office Automation Software: These software are made available at the NIC Centre in the Local Area Network for carrying out routine office automation activities e.g. Word Processing, Electronics Spreadsheet, Electronic Mailing (E-mail) etc.
Customized Office Automation Software: These are the software developed by NIC H.P. State Unit and District Units for specific type of office automation activities common to all the Departments e.g. Web Based Arms Licensing Software, Telephone Directory, References Monitoring System, Personnel Information System, Esamadhan, Departmental Budget MIS, Vehicles Expenditure Monitoring System etc.
Department Specific Software: These include Studying, Designing, Developing necessary Software and Implementing the computerised Management Information Systems for various Government Departments, as per the requirement of Database building for Planning, Controlling, Monitoring and/or Decision Support purposes. These exercises are taken-up as Projects by NIC, which may be sub-categorized further, as follows:
Centre Initiated Projects: These are the projects initiated at the NIC Headquarters level and coordinated by the State Units for implementation at State/District level. These projects also include advising the concerned user department for necessary Site preparations, coordinating hardware installation, implementation application software, imparting users training etc. Some of the major projects in this category are Transport and National Registry,eCourts, Postal Life Insurance, India-Portal, MGNrega, IDSP, Jeevan Praman, Aadhaar Enabled attendance system, etc. Some of these projects requires coordination for one time bulk data entry also e.g. SSI Census, Population Census, Agricultural Census, All India Educational Survey, Drinking Water Survey, Minor Irrigation Census, Co-Operative Statistics etc. In some of such projects, the software received from the Centre is required to be tailored also as per the local demands.
State Initiated Projects: These are the projects in which the systems for computerization have been studied, designed, software developed and implemented entirely by the NIC H.P. State Unit on the behest of the State Govt. This category also includes the projects initiated Centrally but studied, designed and developed at the State level. In some of such projects, consultancy for hardware procurement, installation, Site preparation etc. has also been provided. Some of the Departments for which the projects have been undertaken by NIC H.P. are Finance, Planning, Excise & Taxation, Food & Supplies, Transport, Health, Welfare, Rural Development, H.P. Secretariat, Land Records, State Consumer Commission, Secondary Education, District Treasuries, District Collectorate etc.
District Initiated Projects: These are the projects in which the systems for computerization have been studied, designed, software developed and implemented entirely by the NIC District Units on the behest of the District Administration and on the instruction of NIC H.P. State Unit.
Technical Consultancy :
NIC Solan has also been extending various other consultancy services to the various departments of the district from time to time. NIC has also been functioning as the E-Governance wing of the Department of Information-Technology, H.P. Govt., therefore, advising the State Govt. Departments in working out the hardware/software requirements for their computerisation activities, and preparing detailed proposals there of etc.
The district level training programs are being conducted from time to time by the district unit of NIC Solan. The training programs include specific training on Software implemented in the District.