NIC, under the Department of Information Technology of the Government of India, is a premier Science and Technology organization, at the forefront of the active promotion and implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions in the government. NIC has spearheaded the e-Governance drive in the country for the last three decades building a strong foundation for better and more transparent governance and assisting the government’s endeavor to reach the unreached.
NIC has leveraged ICT to provide a robust communication backbone and effective support for e-Governance to the Central Government, State Governments, UT Administrations, Districts and other Government bodies. It offers a wide range of ICT services. This includes NICNET, a Nationwide Communication Network with gateway nodes at about 53 departments of the Government of India, 35 State/UT Secretariats and 603 District collectorates to service ICT applications.
NICNET has played a pivotal role in decentralized planning, improvement in Government services, wider transparency of national and local Governments and improving their accountability to the people. NIC assists in implementing ICT projects, in close collaboration with Central and State Governments and endeavors to ensure that state-of the-art technology is available to its users in all areas of ICT.
NIC assists in providing technical support, Technical consultation to the district administration/various government departments and coordination services for implementation of Information Technology Projects, in close collaboration with Central and State Governments, in the areas of,
(a) Centrally sponsored schemes and Central sector schemes – NeGp MMP i.e National E- governance Programe Mission Mode Projects
(b) State sector and State sponsored projects and – State Level Projects
(c) District Administration sponsored projects – District Level Projects
To facilitate this, NIC has established a nationwide ICT Network NICNET with gateway nodes in Central Government Departments, 35 State/UT Secretariats, and in almost all 602 District Collectorates, for IT services. The Government has designated the nation-wide Computer-Communication Network, NICNET, as the Government Network.