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GDLN Seminar: India’s Keen Interest in Japanese Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) System

Friday, March 6th, 2015

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center

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Irakli Tabagari / World Bank

In response to a request made by the Centre for Innovations in Public Systems( CIPS), an autonomous organization funded by the Government of India, TDLC organized a distance-learning seminar featuring three Japanese experts on electronic toll collection (ETC) technology for an audience comprising of Indian government officials on February 13, 2015 .

Over 100 participants joined the two-hour lecture and Q&A session that connected TDLC in Tokyo and CIPS in India and seven other sites via a videoconference line.

CIPS is an autonomous entity funded and established by the Government of India in May 2010 within the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad, Telangana. Its mission is to introduce and promote innovative technologies and know-hows to institutions ranging from central to local governments in India for the improvement of service delivery.

Education, health, e-governance, and urban governance are key areas of focus of the CIPS and it has accumulated a total of 359 innovative technologies and know-hows in these areas from around the world. Of the 359, over 20 are presently under consideration for actual implementation.

CIPS had planned to include in one of their activities a learning program on ETC technology and operation know-how taught by a world leader in this field. As Japan is recognized as one of the world’s leader in this technology, CIPS approached TDLC through the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) and the two organizations jointly developed a distance-learning program on the topic targeting key persons in India.

The jointly developed learning program was implemented between February 9-13, during a training session, which CIPS was hosting for government officials from the state of Assam. Three Japanese experts who are also members of an international organization for ETC technology each lectured on the technology and its implementation policy, service and maintenance, and on the systemic landscape in which the ETC technology is applied.

Many from the transportation department of the Indian government were among the participants and quite a few of them raised specific, technical and real-life questions to which the experts provided thorough responses, enriching the experience for all.

CIPS Director Chakrapani Dittakavi, after the program concluded, thanked and praised the Japanese experts for their quality lectures.

TDLC and CIPS jointly endeavored to realize this Global Distance Learning Network (GDLN) seminar; it is a case in point of Japan’s world class technology and knowledge being shared effectively with relevant Indian policymakers through TDLC.

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