NIC to hire 800 people over next one year

S Ronendra Singh Bhubaneswar | Updated on May 28, 2018

Electronics & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad flanked by Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan (right) and Odisha Youth and Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera during the inaugural ceremony of National Data Centre in Bhubaneswar on Monday. - BISWARANJAN ROUT

Launches data centre in Bhubaneswar

National Informatics Centre (NIC) on Monday said it will hire 800 people over the next one year, of which 355 will only be for cyber security purposes. "We have 4,500 people right now and will be hiring 800 employees in the next one year, of which 355 people will be for cyber security. There are 10,000 websites hosted by us for government/ state governments, so we need a stronger cyber security team," Neeta Verma, Director-General, NIC, told presspersons here.

She explained there were 700 district centres of NIC which were operated by just one employee, so there was need for at least one more employee in most of the centres, so most of the fresh hiring would be for them too. She said NIC hosts many websites from time to time such as for CBSE results, college entrance exams and counselling during admissions, and to make sure they all go without any interruption, the company is making sure its data centres work in continuity.

In order to provide maximum number of services without any interruption, it has opened one of the biggest data centres in Bhubaneswar, second after the Delhi centre. This is the fourth data centre set up by the organisation, the three others are in Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune. The government has spent Rs 200 crore to set up this data centre.

The centre has a centralised cloud environment to host multiple applications with simplified operations, and increased application responsiveness to support the new generation of distributed applications, while accommodating existing virtualised and non-virtualised environments. The ICT Infrastructure at Bhubaneswar will be energised in the modular fashion with software defined ICT infrastructure, it said. This will facilitate provisioning of services over cloud with more agility and will also integrate with the NIC National Cloud Services.

The data centre in Bhubaneswar will provide benefits such as on-demand access to ICT infrastructure to ensure easy availability and quick deployment of applications; standardised platforms of deployment to deliver ICT systems that are compliant with government policies and enable easy sharing of data across applications; and a service-oriented approach for sharing ICT infrastructure to achieve economies of scale.

Also, it will act as a cost-effective, service-oriented approach for sharing computing resources. Minister of Electronics & IT and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the Centre in the presence of Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan. "Today there are NIC centres in 700 districts and they are the backbone of 'Digital India'," Prasad said.

Published on May 28, 2018

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