April 20, 2024

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THE CONTEXT: The announcement of the launch of the BhashaNet portal by the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) marks a significant step towards digital inclusion and Universal Acceptance (UA) in India.


  • This initiative underscores the joint commitment of NIXI and MeitY to promote UA readiness and ensure linguistic diversity in the digital space.

Key Highlights

Purpose of BhashaNet Portal Launch:

  • The launch of the BhashaNet portal is scheduled to coincide with Universal Acceptance Day on March 21, 2024.
  • The portal aims to facilitate digital inclusion by ensuring that individuals from diverse linguistic backgrounds can participate fully in the digital world.

Collaborative Efforts:

  • The event signifies the second collaboration between NIXI and MeitY, reflecting their shared dedication to advancing digital inclusion initiatives.
  • Notably, support from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Governance division of MeitY underscores the importance of UA Day.

Event Theme and Objectives:

  • The theme, “BhashaNet: Impetus Towards Universal Acceptance,” highlights NIXI’s commitment to bridging linguistic divides and promoting UA readiness.
  • The event aims to mobilize stakeholders and raise awareness about the significance of UA in today’s digital landscape.
  • Key sessions, including keynote addresses, panel discussions, and technical workshops, will focus on strategies to achieve widespread acceptance.
  • Secretary MeitY, Government of India, will serve as the Chief Guest, emphasizing the government’s support for digital inclusivity.
  • Joint Secretary MeitY, Government of India, will also grace the event, highlighting the government’s commitment to UA initiatives.
  • CEO of NIXI expressed enthusiasm about the event, emphasizing the importance of universal acceptance in promoting digital inclusivity.
  • He underscored UA Day as a platform to bridge linguistic barriers and ensure every individual’s participation in the digital sphere.

About NIXI:

  • Set up on 19th June 2003, the National Internet Exchange of India is a not-for-profit (Section 8) company under the aegis of MeitY and is tasked to increase internet penetration and adoption in India by facilitating the various infrastructure aspects to enable the internet ecosystem to be managed and used by the masses.
  • The four services which come under the NIXI are setting IXPs, towards building Internet Exchange Points, .IN Registry towards building the .in domain digital identity, IRINN towards IPv4 and IPv6 addresses adoption and Data Centre services under NIXI-CSC towards data storage services.

SOURCE: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=2015678

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