The CSI 2010 Awards for Excellence in IT honored various technological projects and initiatives in different sectors, at the 45th Annual IT Convention held in Mumbai last week. The CSI Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred upon FC Kohli, the founder of Tata Consultancy Services. Best known as the father of the Indian software industry, Kohli had also received the Padma Bhushan Award in 2002.
Bagging the top honors
CSI’s IT Excellence Awards were divided into five categories - banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI), product manufacturing, service sector, non-profit organizations, and quality assurance.
While HDFC Bank bagged the top honor under the BFSI category for IT Excellence Awards, Arcil Reconstruction Company was declared as the runner-up. The winner and runner-up in product manufacturing category were M&M Limited and Bajaj Electricals, respectively.
In the service sector, Tata Power Company received the top award, with Reliance Infrastructure Limited finishing as second best.
The CSI jury issued certificates for IT Excellence under the non-profit organizations category to projects by Institute of Cybernetics and SME Chamber of India.
CSI benchmarks for selection
CSI received 126 nominations, comprising 43 nominations from BFSI, 26 from product manufacturing, 47 from service sector companies, nine from non-profit organizations, and one from a quality assurance company.
The six CSI criteria for selecting the winners of IT Excellence Awards were criticality of IT usage, improvement of customer service, innovation, return on investment, quality of management, and impact of the project (on organization/society/industry). The evaluation process included two rounds of scrutiny and elimination, followed by presentations by 10 finalists before the jury.
Awards for e-governance
To encourage e-governance initiatives, CSI-Nihilent e-Governance Awards 2009-10 were also announced. CSI received 166 nominations for this.
The Government of Gujarat was declared the winner in the state category. In the department category, Directorate of Settlement & Land Record, Goa was adjudged the winner and the Appreciation Award went to Sales Tax Department, Maharashtra. In the same category, Special Jury Award was given to Department of Prisons, Goa.
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab and District of Jhansi, UP were declared joint winners in the district category, with Gwalior, MP receiving the Appreciation Award.
In the project (government-to-citizen) sub-category, the top honors went to MP Online, MP and the Appreciation Award was bagged by CHOICE, Chhattisgarh. The winners in project (government-to-government) and project (government-to-business) sub-categories were Integrated Finance & Forest Works Management, MP and e-Tax Administration, Kerala, respectively. The Jury Appreciation Award went to NCAOR, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Goa.
Additionally, under the IT Excellence Awards, Special Recognition Awards were given to Department of Food & Civil Supplies, UP in the public distribution sector, Computerization of Himachal Pradesh Police, HP under law & judiciary, Gujarat Pollution Control Board, Gujarat in the environment category and CSIR, Government of India for research.