The Government was in the process of evolving a roadmap for implementation of Internationalised Domain Names (IDN) under the Devnagari and Dravidian scripts, Dayanidhi Maran, Minister of Communications and Information Technology said while inaugurating HCL’s initiative to integrate domain and e-mail infrastructure globally under the .IN domain name.
First reported by exchange4media on August 13, IDNs are domain names or web addresses represented by regional language characters like Hindi and Telugu.
When contacted, Amitabh Singhal, acting CEO, NIXI, said, “It will take around three months to start the IDN registration process. The registration will start with Devnagari and Tamil scripts as some work has already been done in this direction for the Tamil script.”
With the implementation of .IN nomenclature, HCL has become the first major enterprise in the country to integrate its domain and e-mail infrastructure globally under the .IN domain. It has integrated its 30,000-strong global employees spread across 15 countries from Tokyo, Japan in the East, to Sunnyvale, California in the West.
Complimenting HCL on this feat, Maran said, “HCL is the first company to take a lead in the matter and I hope other companies would emulate its example.” Maran also explained that more than .IN domain names, .IN e-mail addresses would help in popularising the concept and thus pave the way for furthering the IT capability of the country globally.
He further said that India’s online population was currently at 25 million and was expected to grow four-fold by 2007. Likewise, the e-commerce transactions being conducted online was likely to go up to Rs 2,300 crore in 2006-07 as compared to Rs 570 crore during 2004-05.
55 per cent of visitors to e-commerce sites have adopted the Internet as a shopping medium. The Internet user represents every facet of society and transcends any bias. Business and enterprise are embracing this medium. Today, an e-mail address and a website have become a necessity. Any self-respecting business or enterprise would have a website, the Minister said.
With the accreditation of 35 registrars throughout the country to offer .IN domain name registration worldwide to customers, registration had grown from 6,500 names to 141,000 as of date within a span of 10 months, he added.
Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL, said, “Our initiative, the first by a large Indian enterprise, will ensure quicker adoption and establishment of Brand India on the global stage. Today, as a Rs 12,000 crore Enterprise, HCL is proud to have played a pioneering role in ushering in the IT revolution and help transform India into a global IT superpower.”