India has no plans to set different ICT standards

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India is believed to have informed the representatives of the US government and industry that the country’s proposed IT, electronics and telecom policies will comply with the international standards, said a PTI report.

There is perhaps an apprehension that India’s emphasis on manufacturing is somehow an effort to introduce a set of standards which are distinct from international standards.

According to sources, a top DoT official assured the US representatives at the 11th India US ICT Working Group Meet that setting new standards distinct from global standards is not India’s intention.

The draft National Telecom Policy, 2011 aims at developing new standards and generation of IPRs to make India a leading nation in the area of telecom standardisation, especially among Asia Pacific countries.

The official is believed to have said that India recognises globalised and integrated nature of the ICT sector.

According to sources, the official told the US representatives that the government is looking at foreign companies in general and American companies in particular as being very much part of India’s manufacturing agenda.

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