The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched an innovation competition to encourage developers to build indigenous video conferencing platforms at the end of July 2020.
The move comes after India banned the use of Zoom for virtual government meetings after its cybersecurity agency warned authorities about the app's vulnerabilities. Virtual meetings and classes via Zoom have reportedly been Zoombombed in India as well.
The Government will award Rs 20 for the final product and Rs 5 for the prototype. The product will be deployed to central and government organizations for a period of four years. In addition, developers natively built a virtual meeting place can sell their products to other companies, organizations and individuals.
The winning company must be registered in India and more than 51% of the property must be owned by Indian. In addition, all data must be stored in India.
“Perhaps there is a possibility that the lockdown will be extended from May 3rd. Along with zoom security scares, we also envision a future scenario where telecommuting and work from home will be the order of the day. Therefore, focusing on indigenous and secure platforms is the right step forward,” said an official from the Ministry of
A total funding of Rs 2.3 crore has been allocated for this event and made in India, for India' model will encourage developers to create such technology.
Security measures for zoom users
The Indian Home Ministry, in an advisory on the use of Zoom, said that every meeting should be provided with a 'new user ID and password'. Advisory next: enable the "lounge" feature so the host user can control who can join. Keep on joining until the node feature is turned off. Screen sharing option for "host" only. Disable 'allow 'deleted members to re-join'. The ability to record the ability to limit the 'file transfer' and ''. Finally, users must "end" the meeting, not abandon the meeting.
- Skype presents video meetings with no sign of activity required