Indian government wants to develop a Made-in-India video conferencing software. For this, the government had shortlisted a few companies like HCL Technologies, Zoho Corp.
As part of this initiative, these companies will receive Rs.5 lakh from the government to create a prototype of the product. This is to rival existing Softwares like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams. As part of the second round, the government is planning to select three startups from the list of 10 to continue developing the product.
The selected three startups will receive Rs.20 lakh to finish building the software. In the final round, one selected startup will finally deploy this solution to the state and central governments.
The companies which were selected along with HCL and Zoho are PeopleLink, Aria Telecom, CyberHorizon Corp, Instrive Softlabs, SoulPage IT solutions, Techgentsia Sofware Technologies, and Data Ingenious.
This new project is undertaken by the IT Ministry and launched by the government of India last month.
The government believes that having an Indian product can be a great advantage. It can be hosted locally and can be developed into all the languages of the country. Also, legally the government can store the recorded video in the country, without any legal obligations.