Ever since the new government has come to the power, a lot has been talked about Digital India. Many initiatives have been taken for moving forward in the direction of digitalizing India. Still, when we look at the current status and pace, seeing a full-fledged digitalized India seems a dream coming true nowhere in immediate future. Many researches are being performed regularly to predict the factors, which may help India in achieving its dream to be a complete digital space.
Recently, Accenture has come forward with its research output revealing the drivers, which can accelerate India in its course of being a high- performance nation. It has listed four factors for the same. They are:
1. Nurturing the growth of Digital Citizen
2. Equipping people with skills and opportunities
3. Structuring an Innovation Economy to develop novel solutions for local needs
4. Fabricating a Collaborative Ecosystem to increase the pace of infrastructure growth
1. Nurturing the Growth of Digital Citizen
India is a highly diversified country with abundance of skills and scope. The need of the day is to connect one part and one class of citizen with another. This will stimulate the process of information sharing, which will further boost the eCommerce and other sectors concerned with internet of things. An atmosphere, where there is a continuous sharing of ideas, skills, practices and resources needs to be developed. When we look at the rural India, there is no dearth in desire and capability to get connected with the rest of the world. In the survey, Accenture analyzed, more than 50% of the rural citizens in India were willing to operate digital channels, while 38% of them were motivated to use digital channels through the explanations made to them.
In concern with all these, it can be concluded that they just need to be fueled and triggered to get digitalized. It can be done by engaging them with the developed part of the nation. This engagement of one individual with another and one part of the nation with another will help in promoting a digitalized culture throughout the nation.
2. Equipping people with skills and opportunities
When we compare India with the rest of the world in terms of human resource and labor force, we find that India is far ahead of most of them as it owns the largest size of young population, who are capable of delivering through both hands. But at the same time, it is also a harsh reality that a large portion of this population is still far behind from being called as skilled. The government should focus on promoting training from the elementary level. Right from schools to colleges, skill development program needs to be made compulsory.
A paradigm shift is required in the traditional way of education, which merely focuses on theoretical portion of the education. Until and unless, each and every individual is equipped with the perks of skilled development, the dream and desire to make India a digital hub cannot be turned into reality. Skillpedia is one the major initiatives taken in this direction, which flows from businesses to distance learning platform and then further to generate trained professionals.
3.Structuring an Innovation Economy to develop novel solutions for local needs
Talking of the recent developments in the tech- culture and economy of the nation, it has been found that it mostly focuses on addressing bigger and broader issues. The upper class of society has benefited from it to a great extent. Yet, when it comes to addressing local needs and middle and lower class, it has been mostly neglected. Without including local issues and addressing them, no economy has ever moved forward and survived. In a survey, it has been found that 75% of Indians between the ages of 15 to 25 are eager of making their part of contribution towards improvements of products and services.
Therefore, a focus needs to be established on how to specifically manage such a handful of capable human resources. For this, we need a shift from traditional ways of addressing them to cutting edge innovative techniques. An environment, where everyone is talking of entrepreneurship and innovation with government showing enough enthusiasm with its flexible and favorable policies needs to be maturated. A research oriented education system, which is capable of inventing low cost and high impact technologies to support business models needs to be evolved.
4. Structuring a collaborative Ecosystem to increase the pace of infrastructure growth
The government has been talking of making India a manufacturing hub, which it is capable of with its abundance of resources. The only need is to embed it with a firm deterministic mindset full of abled hands. It can be perceived in an environment where a trained and skilled mind is collaborating with a willing mind to generate an excellent resource. A collaborative approach, where private sector is partnering with public sector to develop an ecosystem, where scalable and cost efficient models are being designed and deployed.
The government has taken some steps in this direction like plans for creation, expansion and maintenance of the smart cities. Along with it, there are more than 900 projects, which are in a stage of development. In one of the surveys conducted by Accenture in 2011, it found out that 75% of the manufacturing firms see the domestic consumer market as one of the major attractions and were expanding towards it, whereas 56 % of them have access to high- end skilled development and 49% of them claimed to have access to skilled labor.
All these efforts and initiatives prove that India is all the way capable of becoming a digital nation. Only a cult full of skills, innovation and implementation is demanded.