It is intended that the personnel making up the Virtual IT Cadre will remain tethered to their parent government organization for administrative purposes but will be available on-demand to assist e-Governance initiatives of any other government body within the State.
Research Center for e-Governance, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad submitted a thought paper which is intended to set the guidelines for training the Virtual IT Cadre and for the establishment of a vibrant ecosystem for promoting the shared interests of individuals making up the Virtual IT Cadre.
Expected Outcome of Training of Virtual IT Cadre
1. A rapidly deployable pool of e-governance trained personnel
2. Improved e-Governance domain knowledge for the Virtual IT Cadre
3. Mastery over ICT project conceptualization and implementation
4. Improved ability at the State and other administrative levels to conceptualize sustainable Governance initiatives
5. Imbuing e-Government projects currently under implementation with sustainability features
6. Increased inter-departmental integration at the level of information exchange and sharing
7. A culture of e-Governance aware functioning of government officials at all levels
Classification of the Virtual IT Cadre Personnel
The Virtual IT Cadre personnel can be classified based on the following criteria
1. Classification based on official designation held
2. Classification based on e-Governance training already undergone
3. Classification based on e-Governance related functional work preferred [procurement, planning etc]
4. Classification – whether or not the personnel prefers technical or functional work [ICT or non-ICT]
5. Classification based on the role in the e-Governance project [strategist, co-ordinator, implementer]
The program for Virtual IT cadre as per the thought paper has broadly been divided into three categories
1. Knowledge Acquisition Activities
2. Knowledge Enhancement Activities
3. Knowledge Application Activities
Knowledge Acquisition Activities
The core training sessions for the Virtual IT Cadre will involve following type of trainings
- E-Governance awareness training (Mandatory for all, face to face on-site program, objective behind this training is to highlight the special challenges of the e-Governance domain and the positioning of VirtualIT Cadre)
Comprehensive e-Governance training (Foundation, Immediate level “thematic” training and Advanced Level “e-Governance strategy” training)Foundation Level - Mandatory for all Virtual IT Cadre personnel – except for those in the administrative service cadre. This training will be entirely web based and of the self-studymode. Completion of each module within the foundation course assigns a certain number of credits to the Virtual IT Cadre participant. Only on successful completion of ALL the modules of the foundation course will a participant earn a Foundation level certification.Immediate Level - training will be mandatory for all Virtual IT Cadre personnel who wish to play the role of co-ordinators. The training on various themes will be conducted in a face-to-face mode and will make extensive use of case studies. Examples of themes areStrategic management for e-Governance [Examples of modules- understanding policies, GPR, interdependencies, project management, change management, introductoryanalytics, introduction to risk management etc], Technology management for e-Governance [Examples of modules – ICT components,security, project management, change management, introductory analytics, introductionto risk management etc] and Financial management for e-Governance [examples of modules – procurement, PPP,change management, project management, introductory analytics, introduction to riskmanagement etc]Advanced Level “e-Governance strategy” training - Suitable for personnel involved both in conceptualizing new e-Governance initiatives and in assessment of existing ones. This training provides exposure to advanced planning and analytics concepts. This is suitable for senior level functionaries who have over 15 years of experience and /or belonging to the administrative services.
1. Think Tank meetings - will serve as forums for exchange of ideas – project specific and general.There will be separate think tank meetings for the three levels of Virtual IT Cadre – theimplementer, the co-ordinator, and the strategist.Participation in a minimum of one Think Tank meeting Mandatory for EACH of the three levels of training for certification.
2. Domain specific Integration Studies [health, education etc] - A key area where most e-Governance initiatives in the Country are failing is the area of integration among initiatives within and across departments.
3. Knowledge diffusion and percolation facilitation - One of the key outcomes of the Virtual IT Cadre initiative should be wider dissemination of e-Governance knowledge and increased favour for e-Governance across the State. In keeping with the tenets of train the trainer, each Virtual IT Cadre personnel will be required [either singly or in small groups] provide face-to-face e-Governance awareness and foundation level training across the State. The term “percolation” is meant to emphasize the goal of e-Governance knowledge reaching the lowest administrative units in the State [villages, Panchayats etc].This exercise will also ensure that those Virtual IT Cadre personnel, whose services have not been utilized in any e-Governance project, stay current in their knowledge.
4. Benchmarking studies [Local level, National Level, International Level] - As part of the benchmarking studies, the participants at the intermediate and advanced levels will be taken on national and international tour of selected e-Governance initiatives. The pre-requisitefor participation in benchmarking tours is obtaining the intermediate and advanced certificationin the first attempt.