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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

IIT Madras makes BharOS, its own mobile operating system

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IIT Madras: On January 24, Union Minister for Communications, Electronics, and Information Technology Dharmendra Pradhan tested “BharOS,” an Indian operating system made by the Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Madras.

Congratulations to everyone who helped make the system what it is today. When our Prime Minister Narendra Modiji first talked about a digital India 8 years ago, some of our friends made fun of him. But now, he said, technocrats, innovators, businesses, policymakers, and educational institutions across the country have accepted his vision.

Ashwini Vaishnaw, who is in charge of telecom for the union, was also there. Vaishnav said that there will be problems along the way, and that many people in the world will try to stop the development of any such system.

BharOS is a new kind of operating system for mobile devices that puts security and privacy first. A mobile operating system, like Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS, is a piece of software that controls how a smartphone is used. As part of the BharOS project, which is being backed by the Indian government, a free and open-source operating system (OS) for use in government and public systems is being made. The project wants to make it easier for people to use technology that was made locally and lessen their reliance on foreign operating systems in their cellphones. A huge step forward is the creation of an indigenous environment and an independent future.

At the moment, BharOS Services are only available to businesses with strict privacy and security policies, whose employees deal with sensitive information that requires them to have private conversations using limited mobile apps. These customers need 5G networks that are private and give them access to private cloud services.
IIT Madras’s Section 8 (Not for Profit) Company, the IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, was the company that gave birth to JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops), the company that made the BharOS. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Indian government pays for the Foundation through the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NMICPS). It aims to bring India up to the same level as the few countries that already have these skills.

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