'Bangalore One' portal planned

BANGALORE Nov. 13. Microsoft, which has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Karnataka Government, plans to strengthen its Smart School Initiative in Karnataka.

Announcing this on the Infosys campus at the Electronics city here today, the Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates, said: "Microsoft is proud to be a partner with Karnataka for its e-governance projects like Bhoomi." The Chief Minister, S.M.Krishna, said the Government's success in the Bhoomi project had exploded the myth that IT was for the elite. He said the software companies and the Government were working towards making IT people-centric through e-governance projects.

Microsoft's acknowledgment of the State's efforts in the software sector and e-governance initiative was evident when Mr. Gates declared its partnership with the Government for developing "Bangalore One" portal on the lines of Singapore One. Microsoft will be the technology provider in this project.

Bangalore One will be a one-point stop for all Government utility services such as water supply and power distribution. Citizens can access the portal to check status, pay bills, and get information.

Another interesting collaboration between the State Government and Microsoft is in the field of education where the latter will be a part of the Smart School Initiative. To be set up in Mandya, Gulbarga, Chitradurga, and Belgaum districts, Microsoft will provide software solutions, teacher training, and IT curriculum under the project.

Besides this, the tie-up will cover biotechnology, and Microsoft India will help the Department of IT and Biotechnology to take advantage of the latest e-government framework based on .NET technologies.

"We are committed to making Karnataka a zero piracy State. And even though funds are limited, we are making an honest attempt to make the State a zero-piracy zone. We have already been successful in making all Government departments and offices zero-piracy zones," said Mr. Krishna. Reacting to this, Mr. Gates said the drive to realise a zero-piracy State proved the State's leadership position in the IT sector.

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