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Join the team building cool tech stuff for 1.3 billion Indian citizens… from the startup trenches inside the Government!

Population1After SlideShare, I’ve taken up a role in the government sector. I recently joined the National eGovernance Division, Ministry of IT, Govt of India. My work involves architecting and building e-governance facing products and services under the Digital India program. So after doing a startup, getting acquired, shuttling between Delhi & Silicon Valley… now e-Governance?? What does this term even mean… and why should you care?

You should care because there’s a good chance that (like me) you are a first generation beneficiary of the internet and have seen the transformative role it has played in your life. The way you work, learn, read, buy, communicate, travel, make friends – everything has been turned upside down. Now imagine if the internet could have that same impact on how India is governed. Imagine if the simplicity and fluidity of platforms like Wikipedia, Facebook, Whatsapp, Skype could be replicated in the citizen services that you and I use everyday – be it applying for a passport or a driving license, filing your taxes or getting your govt scholarship. Imagine what citizen services can be built on top of the biometric identification system Aadhaar, which currently at 830 million is just a stone’s throw from the billion mark. Imagine if the internet could be the same change agent in the lives of our less connected co-citizens in far off towns & villages, in the tribal areas, in remote rural corners where roads dont reach – thats what e-governance is about.

The National eGovernance Division (NeGD) under the Ministry of IT is tasked with designing and running national e-governance programs. These take the form of 31 Mission Mode Projects (called MMPs) which are the administrative backbone of the Indian government. My team at DeitY/NeGD is looking for smart, motivated professionals to build e-governance products/services. For people from the private sector, this is a great opportunity for the following reasons-

– In a direct way, what you do in office everyday will contribute to the transformation of India into a digitally empowered society & knowledge economy
– There is a shift towards technology enabled open governance systems (open source, open APIs, open standards, open data) and you could drive this openness inside the government
– The Govt needs domain specialists… your domain expertise could shape key parts of government functioning
– Work like a fast paced startup while inside the government… these product teams will get a startup type environment to deliver quickly
– If you’ve only worked in the private sector previously (like me), this could be a refreshing change from its the profit driven culture

So what positions are available and whats the reqd background/experience?

These are the positions – Web Developer, UX/Interaction designer, Backend Engineer, Big Data Engineer, Android Developer, DevOps/Sysadmin, Open Source Community Manager. The projects are all high impact, massively scaled citizen facing technology applications e.g. Building services on top of Aadhaar’s core identity capability, products aimed at paperless governance, open governance initiatives (Open APIs, Open Source, Open Standards, Open Data) etc.

The roles are full time contractual positions (1-2 yrs) based in New Delhi at the Dept of IT in Scope Complex, Lodhi Road. Its a very centrally located office area.

In case you are interested, go to this link and apply using the given form. Brief job descriptions are given.

Or if you know of someone else who might be interested, please pass on the link.

If you have any questions about the roles, about DeitY/NeGD or how can you make the transition from your current course to working for the government (and what all that transition entails), feel free to drop me a mail – amitranjan25 AT gmail DOT com. Happy to help you think through this.

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  • prab@live.in April 17, 2015, 8:39 pm

    Great initiative! But a lot many smart professionals would be turned off by seeing the 1-2 year fixed time contract.

    • prasun April 18, 2015, 4:24 pm

      Also, Bangalore would be a better location. But such things are not easy to change in a govt setup.

  • Mehar Bhagat April 18, 2015, 4:14 pm

    Great initiative! And congrats for the shift. hope to see more from government sectors headed by an extremely talented professional like you.

  • prasun April 18, 2015, 4:54 pm

    Hopefully you have seen the work they did at gov.uk : https://vimeo.com/72801627

  • Amiruddin Nagri April 19, 2015, 6:26 am

    Is remote-part time an option ? A per project, contract based remote working option might be interesting option for freelancers like me, who want to contribute to Govt Initiatives. Also making the projects open source and accepting a open source contributions might be an option for few projects.

  • Ankit Garg April 24, 2015, 6:09 am

    yea why are these positions contract positions.
    why will any employee leave his job for a contract position..

    I know the projects are big challenging and all that, but still…

  • Vishal May 5, 2015, 5:46 pm

    The day e-Governance is accessible for an end-user till the core of the Village , I feel it has not been succeed.
    This is a basic need , if we cant improve on it ,it’s useless to say anything on it.
    We just talk on paper for some of the CARD and Bank account provided by govt. as part of the scheme.
    The day :
    1. the Villager can access GPS Api to see when he will get the bus , what much will be the fare.
    2. The access to his subsidy account for his balance.
    3. The tablet in each students hand and with having access to free e-Learnig portal .
    4. Modernized Ambiance for all of the Bust Stops and Terminus Points and Terminal, with maintained on daily basis
    Lot more….
    The e-governance is still just a dream.
    It’s Always good to have resource contracted
    1. They perform competitive.
    2. Make them to achieve goal faster.
    3. The fight through the lingering Govt. object.
    1. If they don’t get paid the way in Outside world (e.g. developed countries.) , you dont get them hired
    2. The environ becomes more political and sometime difficult when they don’t remain motivated on the Job. Money is not motivation for all the time.

  • Vishal May 5, 2015, 5:53 pm

    Above : The wording of the statement quoted is my own point of View & has nothing to do with any ones persona or personal life. I have no mean to hurt anyone feeling.

    Please ignore if you have it related to any one.

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