Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has urged the students from the Indian Institute of Technology to create new mobile applications as an alternative to the apps banned by the Government of India. The government yesterday announced the ban of 59 Chinese apps in the country. The apps which have been banned include social media apps like Tik Tok, Helo, UC Browser, WeChat etc. the apps have been banned to counter the threat posed by the applications to Sovereignty and Security of the nation.
Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal was speaking at the launch of the online degree programme BSc Degree in Programming and Data Science by the IIT Madras. Through this programme, the institute aims to bring learning directly to students, anywhere they live. With the help of the programme, the institute aims to bring the learning process directly to the students no matter where they live.
During the launch of the online programme, the Union Minister asked the students to look into opportunities as a challenge stating that this is a golden opportunity for the students and come forward and assure the nation that these banned apps are not needed and are capable and talented to create our own system.
The Government has banned 59 of the popular Chinese Apps including Shein, Club Factory, Shareit, Camscanner etc. amidst the rising tension between the countries. While announcing the ban on these Chinese apps under Section 69A of the Information and Technology Act, the Ministry of Electronics and IT stated that it had received complaints from different sources about the misuse of some mobile apps for stealing and transmitting the user data in an unauthorised manner to servers outside the country. The government has also stated that these apps are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of the country, defence, security of the state and public order.