IFB – Implementation of Household Transfer Management (HTM) Project

HTM- Pre-bid Meeting Change of Venue

Published in the Sunder Observer of 10th April, 2016 and Daily News of 11th & 18th April, 2016

Pre bid Meeting: 1400hrs (2.00 p.m.) on 13th May, 2016- Venue has been changed to   :Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA)
Floor/Room Number: Sanhinda Hall, 1st Floor
Address  : 28/10, Malalasekara Mawatha, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka

Deadline for submission of Bids: 1500 hrs (3.00 p.m.) on 07th July 2016

The Bidding document could be purchased from the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, 79/1, 1st Floor, 5th Lane, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.

e-Swabhimani – Submit your Applications

eSwabhimani.lk

Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka

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The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), the apex ICT institution of the Government functioning under the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, has been mandated to take all necessary measures to implement the Government’s Policy and Action Plan in relation to ICT.

ICTA recognizes the fact that the disparities in accessing information communication technologies that exist in our society today stems not only from inadequate infrastructure but also from the lack of content. The design and development of good quality content and applications require creative imagination and engineering knowhow as well as financial resources. Through the e-Society Programme, ICTA has initiated a large number of projects some of which have been recognized through international awards. All these projects have addressed the needs of disadvantaged communities and have strived to create content and applications that would impact on the everyday lives of people.  In order to maintain this heightened interest on content development, as well as to create awareness amongst the general public, ICTA has initiated the e-Swabhimani-National Best Content Award.

The e-Swabhimani Award

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The e-Swabhimani is an initiative of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka aimed at recognizing excellence in digital content creation. It is expected that this national award would stimulate a greater interest in the development of a wide range of content and services that would serve the needs of society.

The e-Swabhimani Award process is being conducted along the lines of the World Summit Award and has input from the Digital Empowerment Foundation of India as the Knowledge Partner to ensure that the jury procedure conforms to international standards. The award is a stepping stone to other regional and international awards with all short listed submissions being nominated to the Manthan Award, South Asia.

Eligibility
Sri Lankan citizens (individuals) and organizations who have developed innovative content and practices in using ICT (any electronic device, it could be mobile, radio, camera, TV, Computer, or any social networking site or beyond it, having mass reach) for governance, rural businesses, inclusion, health, education, culture & heritage, news and media, environment etc.

Benefits
    Local and international recognition
    Nomination of shortlisted content for the Manthan Award, South Asia.
    Best innovations to represent Sri Lanka & South Asia at the Word Summit Award and other international awards.
    Opportunity to network, to create business alliances and collaboration amongst participating Companies, Governments and NGOs.
    Platform for benchmarking products and services
    Exposure to investment opportunities and investors

Winners of the e-Swabhimani, will receive e-Swabhimani trophy and the rights to use the award logo, while securing opportunities to promote winning products/content at all local and regional events. In addition, ICTA will promote the winning products/content by publishing the product/ content details through e-Swabhimani web and e-Swabhmani Book.

 Evaluation of Content

The applications and the content that fulfill the set criteria conforming with the rules and regulation of the e-Swabhimani programme, will be evaluated mainly under two broad criteria, namely technical aspects which evaluate the content,  interface, interactivity,  design & technical realization, degree of innovation and social impact and the strategic aspects which evaluates  the innovation and creativity.

Content evaluations are to be carried out in two phases; Online Jury and Grand Jury. Phase I is an online Jury which shortlist the content for Grand Jury. An independent team of qualified national and international Jurors will be involved in both evaluations to ensure selection/ nomination of excellent content for the awards.

e-Swabhimani 2015/2016

“e-Swabhimani” the National Best e-Content Award, that recognizes and takes the excellent e-content to National and International platforms, launched for the year 2015 by calling applications/ submissions in October, 2015 and the deadline for applications has been set for the 6th of April 2016.   The Grand jury evaluation is expected to take place by the end of-April 2016 concluding with the Gala event towards June, 2016. Last year’s programme had attracted over 250 submissions.

Award Categories

1. Government & Open Data
| Dynamic services | citizen participation | smart urbanization |
2. Health & Environment
| Wellness | ecology | sustainability|
3. Learning & Science
| Knowledge | skills | education |
4. Entertainment & Lifestyle
| Interactive games | virtual experience |sports |
5. Culture & Tourism
| Immersive heritage | music, art & folk heritage | green mobility |
6. Media & News
| Social journalism | citizen media | hyper news |
7. Business & Commerce
| Customer centric services | security | global e-commerce |
8. Inclusion & Empowerment
| Diversity | gender & equity | economic justice & rights |
9. m-Content

To apply and for further information

Sri Lankan citizens and organizations are invited to contribute towards a digital Sri Lanka by submitting innovative and creative e-content to e-Swabhimani Programme 2015/2016.

Contact        e-Swabhimani
ICT Agency of Sri Lanka
No. 160/24, Kirimandala Mw., Col-5
Sri Lanka
+94-11-2369099 to 100

Web        : http://www.eswabhimani.lk
Email        : esociety@icta.lk
icta.esociety@gmail.com

Facebook    : https://www.facebook.com/eswabhimani/

Deadline for Application Submission: 6th April 2016

Yowunpura 2016

Yowunpura 2016 was held in the picturesque city of Sigiriya from the 31st to the 1st of April 2016. The ancient KingdomCity hosted close to 5000 youth from all over the island and the usually quiet city was bustling with the activities that were planned by the Sri Lanka Youth Council and the strategic partners of which ICTA was one of the main contributors.
ICTA had to structure the programs and educational sessions by understanding the requirement the youth who would be participating and try to simulate the Sri Lanka they would take over in the future.Therefore the 3 Day event was planned in such a way that students were scheduled to participate in 6 workshops that spanned fromModern Technology to Social Media including SMART Social Media, Existing and future digital government solutions, Cyber Security which promoted responsibility and vigilancy in the cyber world , introduction to coding  applications and one of the most relevant topics, Career guidance. Facilities were allocated so that at any given time 400 youth could attend the sessions which were allotted a time of one hour each.
The modern technology stall took the youth on a journey through some of the world’s newest tech inventions that have revolutionizedthe way we see, feel and explore the world. The virtual reality glasses took them on a whirlwind trip using 3D technology. They were given practical experience on the glasses and the theory behind the technology was explained in parallel. The 3D printer was a one of kind experience and the enthusiasm was evident by the inquisitiveness that was displayed. They were also educated on the raspberry PI computer technology.  The Raspberry Pi is a series of credit card–sized single-board computers developed in England, United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intent to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries.
The Social Media forum conducted by the SMART Social Circle initiative of the ICTA had a two pronged approach to take their message across. They conducted a half an Hour session where the youth were immersed in self-exploration and they were further empowered by another half an hour of practical training. Tablet computers were used to create Email Addresses, Facebook Accounts, Linked-In pages and also to educate on methodologies for online training and trading. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive for this session and multiple requests were made to ICTA to conduct these presentations on a national scale in their respective villages.
The session on E-Government touched on the topics of the national policy framework and the future of an electronically enabled government. The youth were presented with the latest cloud storage functionalities of the government and its advantages. The session was interactive with a Q&A session at the end.
The Cyber Security session was well attended as the youth who participated in the previous sessions had many question on how to protect themselves from theperils that lurk behind the World Wide Web. They were educated on the basic steps on how to protect themselves when surfing the web and interacting with members of the social media world. They were also educated on how they could report suspicious activity and given details on whom they should contact in case they have been victimized online.
The session on careers was the much sought after as most youth were in the mindset that there were either no vacancies available in the ICT field or they had little or no chance of securing a job in the ICT field. This session focused on a step by step approach starting with how to filter and select from the plethora of schools offering degrees, diplomas, certificates and training sessions. They were educated on BPO and BPM jobs availability and how they could empower themselves if they start on their own and build slowly on abilities they possess. Examples were given on startups that have emerged and grown to companies that make difference in Sri Lanka.
Finally the youth made their way to the section allocated to teach the fundamentals of coding, application creation and they were encouraged to listen and comprehend what was thought by the presentation of a certificate upon completion of a basic coding system. Enthusiasm was once again shown as most youth were afraid of coding and had an inborn fear and this session eradicated this feeling and encouraged the youth who participated to venture into the world of coding and application creation.
In Conclusion the zones ICTA had created attracted close to 2800 youth from all across the country. They were each handed a booklet which gave step by step instructions on how to become a Knowledge Agent through the SMART Social Circle initiative. We believe we empowered almost all the participants as the feedback we received reflects the same.

Introductory Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence Training of Trainers Course

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Training provided under the GLACY project In association with Sri Lanka Judges Training Institute

Colombo, Sri Lanka, 31 March – 3 April 2016

As the use of and reliance on information technology becomes ever more pervasive in society, the targeting and exploitation of computer systems has also become increasingly common. Offences involving computers have grown rapidly both in number and in sophistication, but there has been a time lag in developing effective countermeasures. Bringing offenders to justice requires evidence of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, but evidence derived from electronic devices is volatile, often intangible and probably in another jurisdiction. This means the importance of effective, legally compliant and robust procedures for the identification, collection and preservation of electronic evidence is vital.
Hand in hand with these measures is the need to equip key actors in the criminal justice system with the skills and the knowledge to apply them. They need to know and understand the nature and evidential implications of cases of cybercrime as well as the available legal instruments and approaches to international cooperation. It is imperative for the judiciary to have sufficient knowledge to understand the implications of electronic evidence in order to fulfil their duties adequately as officers of the court.
The International nature of Cybercrime has required Countries to cooperate with each other to effectively combat the threat against Cybercrime. The Budapest Cybercrime Convention (Council of Europe Convention ETS 185) is the only available International treaty on the subject.
Sri Lanka became the first country in South Asia to be invited to join the Budapest Cybercrime Convention. The said Convention it entered into force in Sri Lanka on 1st September 2015. The Legal Division of ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), which coordinated Sri Lanka’s accession to the said Convention, has been working with the Council of Europe to develop a number of capacity building initiatives for the Sri Lankan Judiciary, Prosecution Service and the Law Enforcement. This Program is one such initiative.

Objective
The aim of the training course is to establish and equip a cadre of magistrate-trainers who will be able to instruct their peers in the introductory skills and knowledge required to fulfil their respective roles and functions in cases of cybercrime and electronic evidence. The course will include the development of training skills, subject-specific knowledge and trainer-facilitated group activities.
Participants
The Introductory Judicial trainers’ course lasts usually 5 days but this particular training will last for 4 days and can train up to 15 people. Participants should be trainers or aspiring trainers who will be able to dedicate their time and newly acquired skills to preparing and delivering training at the national level. They should also be available to deliver at least one training course in the 12 months following the initial training and to enhance their own skills by taking the second Council of Europe ‘advanced’ trainer’s course.

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Requirement Study for Sri Lanka National Spatial Data Infrastructure Project (NSDI) – ICTA/GOSL/CON/IC/2016/27

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Scope of Services

Published in the Daily news on 29th April 2016 and 03rd May, 2016

Expressions of Interest including all requested information must be delivered no later than 1500 hrs on May 18, 2016

 

All Children Coding Initiative

All Children Coding Initiative

The program shall develop problem-solving and computational-thinking skills in the context of learning fundamental computer science concepts, setting students on a journey to become well prepared for life and careers in the contemporary world.

All Children Coding Initiative is devoted to giving every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer programming by

1.    Development of Curriculum
2.    An Island wide Teacher training Program
3.    Community forum for Code Volunteers  (to create a pool of volunteers)
4.    The ‘Init Coder’ national competition.

 

In Essence

All Children coding initiative is a program by ICTA to introduce  coding into the school children. A curriculum will be developed for students from grade 1 to Grade 11.  Plans are in place to train 200 teachers island wide as Master Trainers in the curriculum and subsequently the master Trainers will train around 4000 teachers island wide. The final benefit to go to a large number students in the country.

“1.    Improve the logical & creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills of children
2.    To build a next generation of innovators
3.    Increase the level of computer literacy in the country”

This project will target 60,000 school children, trained 200 Master trainers (Teachers), another 4000 school teachers on coding.

How does it work?

 

1.Development of Curriculum

  • Target Age group: 6 to 17 years
  • Delivery through school coding / IT clubs
  • The proposed curriculum is based on an innovative approach that integrates computational thinking and creative thinking to improve student learning performance
  • Developed on a model consisting of 4 levels. Each level represents a specific set of grades. Level 1 includes Grades 1 and 2; Level 2 includes Grades 3–5; Level 3 includes the Grades 6–8 and Level 4 includes the Grades 9–12.
  • The suggested age group for each level is in line with the National Education Strategy.
Level Recommended Age group Recommended School Years Recommended Teaching time
Level 1 6 to 7 Grade 1 and 2 >= 32 hrs.
Level 2 8 to 10 Grade 3 – 5 >= 32 hrs.
Level 3 11 to 13 Grade 6 – 8 >= 32 hrs.
Level 4 14 to 17 Grade 9 – 12 >= 32 hrs.

2.Island wide Teacher training Program
The mode of delivery shall be as follows:
i.    4 schools per district will be identified based on demography
ii.    2 teachers per school will be identified (IT teacher primary & secondary, or a maths teacher). A total of 200 teachers.
iii.    They will be trained as master trainers on the developed curriculum.
iv.    Subsequently each master trainers will train 20 + teachers which will cover around n 4000 teachers island wide

Formation of Community Code Volunteers

Code Volunteering is a powerful force that can help in the classroom, or inspire students on the breadth of possibilities with computer science. Large number of (60+) volunteers have been registered to conduct western province school reach program. The program will spread throughout the country in future .

National wide coding competition Program

Init code national completion based structure:
•    District wise coding competitions
•    Island wide coding competition
•    Finalists will receive a qualified training programme sponsored by ICTA
•    Teachers of the Finalists will  receive awards

objectives

1.    To improve the logical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills of children
2.    To build a next generation of innovators
3.    To provide the basic computational concepts .

 

Video Conferencing Facilities to Ministries & Government Organizations

Video Conferencing Facilities to Ministries & Government Organizations

Among many of the projects deployed with a vision to Digitize the Government of Sri Lanka, Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) will implement the ‘Video Conferencing Facility’ in ministries and departments.
Ministers, secretaries and government officials involved in the strategic decision making process of the government require frequent travel between Government institutions to hold meetings. This involves high expenditure on travel where valuable time is spent on the road.  Once considered too expensive and complex for everyday use, secure video conferencing is now affordable and easy to use.  Therefore, using the latest technology available, ICTA will implement a video conferencing facility which, along with relevant training, will pave way for faster decision making by ministries and departments. It will help these government organizations to minimize the cost and time and to improve the productivity, allowing them to serve citizens more effectively.
In phase 1 of the project, 100 government organizations will be facilitated with the facility. Selected government organizations will include ministries, department and prominent government institutions.

The main objective of this initiative is to improve productivity and efficiency of the Government services by using the latest technology. ,
Video conferencing is an ideal way to conduct all types of meetings. Among many of its advantages, videoconferencing can be arranged when the same government official cannot be in two locations at the same time. In In addition to budgetary considerations, a videoconference eliminates the time of travel for all parties involved. With reference to safety considerations, a videoconference deposition can be arranged easily, eliminating the difficulty of making travel arrangements and coordinating schedules.
ICTA is looking forward to complete phase one of this project by the end of year 2017.

objectives

To improve the efficiency, speed-up decision making, reduce costs and save time of the Ministers and Government officials to better serve the Citizens by adapting Video Conferencing solution within the Ministries and Government organizations.

 

In Essence

Improved Government decision making process and save overall annual spending on conducting meetings and save valuable time of Ministers and Officials.

Phase 1 will be cover 100 government organizations to implement video conferencing facility.

Empowering Government Ministries

Empowering Government Ministries

ICTA will facilitate the implementation of ICT infrastructure solution at the selected Ministries for effective, efficient and secure use of ICTs within the Ministry and expand the services through the Lanka Government Network 2.0 and Lanka Government Cloud service platform.

It is proposed that present ICT infrastructure facilities at government ministries need to be upgraded with necessary Hardware, Wireless Network and Software resources to improve the efficiency, cyber security, and reduce the cost. The present ICT facilities at the ministries are inadequate to support the day to day activities. In the 1st phase of this project, selected number of ministries will be benefited by providing wireless network with Wi-Fi in all the divisions to access network resources faster and securely. By enabling the wireless facility at the Ministries, the executives and the staff would be able to access the network system anywhere within their respective Ministry complexes.

Following are the selected Ministries that will be empowered by this project:
•    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Consulates
•    Ministry of Finance
•    The Presidential Secretariat
•    The Prime Minister’s Office
•    The Temple Trees

objectives

To facilitate the implementation of Wi-Fi network and ICT infrastructure solution at the Ministries for effective, efficient and secure use of ICT and expand the services through the Lanka Government Network 2.0 and Lanka Government Cloud service platform.

 

In Essence

Establishment of reliable, efficient, secure and cost effective ICT infrastructure solution at the  Government Ministries for a better communication, information sharing, document management and email collaboration to deliver high quality services.

Strategic government institutions including Presidential Secretariat, The Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Enhancement of Telecentres/Nenasalas

Enhancement of Telecentres/Nenasalas

Since its implementation in year 2015, Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) has established 1005 Telecentres branded as ‘Nenasala’. According to a survey conducted by the ICTA, approximately 55% of the Nenasalas are currently operational and provide IT training and information services to their community. Based on the same survey, it has been identified the fact that Nenasalas are still serving as resource centers for the rural community and therefore it is vital to further support Nenasalas to deliver efficient and effective service to the community.

To further empower and strengthen the operational Nenasalas, ICTA will conduct a series of capacity building and skills development training programs for Nenasala operators.

objectives

•    To enhance the existing Tele-centres/Nenasalas and enable deliveries of enhanced services
•    Promote educational initiatives
•    Develop/design and implement enterprise version Telecentres/Nenasalas for high value services

In Essence

This program will create an empowered and capable Nenasala workforce that ensure successful management of the Nenasala centers. Further it will grant financial sustainability of the nenasala by  providing services to meet the needs of the community with the aim of providing better access to knowledge and business opportunities.

440 Nenansala Operators

Training Programs
To meet the objectives, ICTA will conduct two types of training programs to benefit Nenasala operators:
1.    Capacity, Skills & Entrepreneurship Development Training for Nenasala Operators
2.    Mobile Application Development Training Program for Nenasala Operators – 2016

Capacity, Skills & Entrepreneurship Development Training for Nenasala Operators
The ICTA has initiated to conduct Capacity, Skills and Entrepreneurship development training program for the Nenasala operators.
The objective of this assignment is to improve knowledge and skills on management, soft skills, entrepreneurship, personal computer hardware and networking of Nenasala operators to ensure better management of Nenasala centres. The knowledge and skills provided will ensure that the Nenasalas are financially sustainable and provide services that provides the community with better access to knowledge and business opportunities.
The training program is designed to train340 (three hundred and forty) Nenasala operators.
It will be delivered in two modules:
Module 1: Essential skills for better management of Nenasala centres and Technical skills training
•    Duration:  total 60 hours will be covered.
•    240 Nenasala Operators will be trained in the areas of 5S methodology, Book keeping, M&E, Marketing & Business Development, Soft Skills, Personal Computer Hardware and Local Area Networking.
Module 2: Entrepreneurship Development training
•    Duration:  total 16 hours will be covered.
•    100 Nenasala Operators will be trained.
Total Duration of the project is 5 months and this training program shall be complete by August 2017.

Mobile Application Development Training Program for Nenasala Operators

ICTA has initiated “Mobile Application Development Training Program” to provide essential knowledge and improve skills of Nenasala operators in the field of mobile technology. Mobile application development is a fast-growing industry and it is expected that this training module will help Nenasala operators to explore new business opportunities and enhance their knowledge on this subject.

The trainings and workshops were delivered to selected 100 Nenasala operators, from around the island.  The total number of participants was divided into 5 groups (with 20 per each batch).  The program conducted in both Sinhala and Tamil mediums was held as a 2 day residential training session

Cross Government Digital Document System

Cross Government Digital Document System

ICTA will implement the Cross Government Digital Document Management & Internal Workflow System with the vision of “digitization of government services where they can play a vital role in transforming national infrastructure through innovative technologies, to kick start the economy and provide great customer experience”.

The project
The Information and Communication technology Agency (ICTA), the apex ICT institution of the Government, functioning under the purview of Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure is in the process of implementing range of projects to enhance government services in order to provide efficient, effective and secure services to the public.

As part of this initiative of “Digitalization of Government”, ICTA intends to implement a Cross Government Digital Document Management & Internal Workflow System to function across the Government organizations, comprising all the Ministries and Departments. The objective of implementing a Cross Government Digital Document Management Platform is to reduce cost and time in accessing and storing paper based documents. The proposed platforms will further assist Ministers and officials of respective organizations to improve the productivity of services to the general public.
With this computer based document management system, ICTA will empower 80 organizations can digitize their documents and stored them in computer storage for the purpose of tracking and management. This will allow them to provide an efficient and effective public service to citizens.
The cross government digital document management and Internal Workflow system will also be integrated with the Lanka Government Network (link), which will enable the interconnected government organizations providing the opportunity to obtain and access government documents. Storage facility for the project will be provided through the Lanka Government Cloud (link).
During the first phase of the project, ICTA is looking forward to implement the system in 20 government organizations.

The problem that will be solved

It is a notable fact that the use of paper and documents is very high in the government sector. There are number of organizations that are battling with mountains of paper files which are stored in locked office rooms. This has created major issues to the respective government organizations, some of the challenges includes, decaying of important documents, lack of storage space, no mechanism to retrieve important documents in time and also the financial loss they have to endure as a result of allocating good office space as storage space for files and documents.

The benefits
This project will help the government to securely manage the ever-increasing paper documents.  Upon completion, government organizations will be able to digitize and securely store all their documents via the proposed government digital document management system. Further they will be able to search, retrieve and share any documents with the assurance that the security of the respective documents is ensured. With this project, the operational expenditure and processing time of the government service will be drastically reduced and it will guarantee the efficiency and effectiveness of the public services as well.
ICTA is look forward to complete and implement this project by the year 2018.

Current Status
ICTA intends to facilitate an awareness creation workshop on Cross Government Digital Document Management & Internal Workflow Systems prior to the implementation of the project.

 

Pilot 20 Organizations are as follows:

 

Ministry of Education
Western Provincial Education Department
Colombo Zonal Education Office
Homagama Zonal Education Office
Piliyandala Zonal Education Office
Sri Jayawardhanapura Zonal Education Office
Gampaha Zonal Education Office
Kelaniya Zonal Education Office
Minuwangoda Zonal Education Office
Negambo Zonal Education Office
Department of Rubber Development
Ministry of Plantation Industries
Police Recruitment Division
Ministry of Skill Development and Vocational Training
Ministry of Higher Education and highways, Higher Education Division
Presidential Secretariat
Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development
Ministry of Ports & Shipping
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Protocol Division)
Public Service Commission

In Essence

“Increased Higher efficiency and productivity in the government
Eliminate unnecessary expenditure.
Elimination of misuse of government funds
Lower corruption in transactions due to availability of data electronically
A more satisfied citizen services by the government”

A total of 80 government organizations will be implemented with Cross Government Digital Document System. Project will be implemented in four phases. Phase 1 will cover 20  government organizations.