National Informatics Centre (NIC) is a premier scientific organisation, and is an attached office under the Indian government’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). NIC has played a pivotal role in establishing the ICT and e-governance infrastructure and services across the country. NIC manages one of the largest government wide area networks (WANs) in the world, which connects the length and breadth of India. NIC has also set up one of the largest research and education networks in the world, known as National Knowledge Network (NKN), which connects Indian research and educational institutions with Europe, South East Asia, and North America.
NIC is the primary pillar for developing and implementing e-governance applications, services and manages cybersecurity for the Indian government. With a background of more than four decades of ICT and e-governance experience and expertise, NIC was tasked with leading the development of India’s COVID-19 contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu, which is the most downloaded contact tracing App in the world. The app has been released for Android, KaiOS, and iOS platforms. The code for the app has been released in the open domain and also provides syndromic mapping and a self-assessment digital service.