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India Web Browser Development Challenge

India Web Browser Development Challenge:

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) recently launched the Indian Web Browser Development Challenge (IWBDC).

  • The challenge is spearheaded by MeitY in collaboration with the Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA) and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) Bangalore.
  • The Challenge seeks to inspire and empower technology enthusiasts, innovators, and developers from all corners of the country to create an indigenous web browser.
  • The desired browser will have its own trust store, use a root certificate from India’s CCA, and offer cutting-edge functionalities and enhanced security & data privacy protection features.
  • As part of the challenge the government has announced a cash prize of Rs 3.4 crores for the developers.
  • The Indian Tech Start-ups, MSMEs, Companies, and LLPs registered in India under the Companies Act 2013 can apply.
  • The entity must have at least 51% shareholding with Indian citizens or persons of Indian origin.
  • The applicant’s entity should not be a subsidiary company of any foreign corporation.
  • Participants can apply either as “individuals” or “organization”. Members applying as “individuals” should have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 7 members in their Group.
  • All other applicants (Startups, MSME, etc.) should apply under the “organization” category only.