Cloud Computing Applications in Education through E-Governance: An Indian Perspective

Cloud Computing Applications in Education through E-Governance: An Indian Perspective

S. Sivagurunathan (Gandhigram Rural Institute (Deemed University), India) and L. S. Swasthimathi (SIES College of Management Studies, India)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8629-8.ch010
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Cloud computing is the new style of distributed computing that aims to provide computing resources through the Internet, on a pay-per-use-basis, as a variety of services to the cloud consumers. With the emergence of newer technologies, the extensive use of ICT in every field of life is compelling the migration of e-governance services to the cloud environment. In this context, in India, the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) has been introduced which is the flagship e-governance project. This comprises 27 Mission Mode Projects relating to Health, Education, Public Distribution System, etc. By the inclusion of education in the NeGP, the concept of effective governance of education sector is thoroughly innovated in connecting the various state governments for the effective handling of the new challenges confronting the education sector. This chapter attempts to provide a model for e-governance in the education sector using cloud computing. It is suggested that the proposed educational e-governance model can facilitate in improving transparency, providing speedy information dissemination, improving administrative efficiency, and providing public services in all aspects of the provision of education. There is no doubt that the quality of output of the education system will substantially improve if the e-governance in the education is implemented using the cloud technologies.
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The worldwide revolution of the Internet is changing our lives in the way we work, learn and interact. Now the government is providing most of the services through online portals. Over the last few years, the cost of the hardware has been continually decreasing and the cost of the data storage, maintenance and power consumption has been increasing. Now the organizations are finding ways to reduce the cost of the above with the effective utilization of the available resources and deployment of the emerging technologies such as cloud computing.

In the Indian perspective of e-governance, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, has visualized e-Governance as “A transparent smart e-Governance with seamless access, secure and authentic flow of information crossing the interdepartmental barrier and providing a fair and unbiased service to the citizen” (Kalam, 2014).

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