Polity & Governance
- International Judicial Conference
Science & Technology
- 5G Hackathon
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Polity & Governance
International Judicial Conference
The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, delivered the valedictory address at the International Judicial Conference being organised by the Supreme Court of India, in New Delhi recently.
Theme:Judiciary and the Changing World
- The topics addressed in the conference were: Gender Justice, Contemporary Perspectives on Protection of Constitutional Values, Dynamic Interpretations of the Constitution in a Changing World, Harmonisation of Environment Protection, Sustainable Development and Protection of Right to Privacy in the Internet Age are issues that influence every member of the global community.
- These distinctly defined topics cover the matrix of challenges faced by the judiciary across the world.
Recognising the contribution of Supreme Court:
- Supreme Court of India deserves admiration for carrying out many radical reforms that made justice more accessible to common people.
- Landmark judgements passed by this Court have strengthened the legal and constitutional framework of our country.
- Its bench and bar are known for their legal scholarship and intellectual wisdom.
- Referring the service rendered by the Supreme Court in making the higher courts’ judgments available in regional languages, the President said that this is indeed an extraordinary achievement given the linguistic diversity of India.
- As of now, the judgments of the Supreme Court get translated in up to nine Indian languages to make them accessible to common people.
E-court Integrated Mission Mode Project:
- The E-courts Mission Mode Project is a Pan-India Project, monitored and funded by Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India for the District Courts across the country.
- To make whole judicial system ICT enabled by putting in place adequate and modern hardware and connectivity.
- Automation of workflow management in all courts.
- Electronic movement of records from taluka/trial to appeal courts.
- Installation of video conferencing (VC) facility and recording of witness through Video Conferencing.
- Connecting all courts in the country to the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) through WAN and additional redundant connectivity.
- Citizen centric facilities such as electronic filing, e-payment and use of mobile applications in all courts.
- Touch screen based kiosks in each court complex, full computerisation of State and district level judicial and service academies and centres.
- To automate the processes to provide transparency in accessibility of information to its stakeholders.
- To enhancejudicial productivity, both qualitatively & quantitatively, to make the justice delivery system affordable, accessible, cost effective, predictable, reliable and transparent.
Science & Technology
To identify and promote applications relevant to India in the 5G realm, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched ‘5G Hackathon’in association with a number of government, academia& industry stakeholders.
- Aimed at shortlisting India focussed cutting edge ideas that can be converted into workable 5G products and solutions, the Hackathon will be spread across three phases beginning from February 21, 2020 and culminate in a grand felicitation ceremony at India Mobile Congress on October 16, 2020.
- Winners of the various phases will share a total prize pool of INR 2.5 Crores, and a unique opportunity to scale and implement their 5G applications to make them market ready with the support of DoT, MeitY and a number of leading industry, academia, Telcos/OEMs.
- Various phases of the Hackathon broadly include preliminary submission of ideas, selection of 100 best ideas, mentorship and support from the Hackathon partners, development of solutions/products, selection and testing of 30 best solutions/ products on 5G trial network followed by felicitation of the 3 best ideas during India Mobile Congress (IMC), 2020.
- The 5G Hackathon is open to developers, students, start-ups, SMEs, academic institutions & registered companies in India & NRIs.
- Stakeholders can participate as individuals or as a team to present use cases for the 5G network in the Indian context.
- Participants can develop 5G solutions from across 10 categories including Healthcare, Education & Governance, AgriTech & Livestock, Environment, Public Safety & Disaster Management Enterprise, Smart Cities & Infrastructure, Cyber Security, Banking, Finance & Insurance, Logistics & Transportation, Multimedia & Broadcast, among others.
- 5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before and will replace 4G LTE.
- 5G will offer connections that are multitudes faster than current hook-ups, with average download speeds of around 1GBps is expected.
- The networks are expected to supercharge Internet of Things technology, providing the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data that allows for a smarter and more connected world.
Advantages of 5G technology:
- 5G technology provides quantum leap over 4G in terms of speed, peak data rate, latency, spectrum efficiency and connection density.
- Most distinct feature is applications in different economic verticals.
- 5G Hackathon will convert innovating ideas in to products and solutions in different verticals and develop India specific use cases around 5G.