Associate Professor and M.Sc.(Digital Society) Programme Coordinator
Education : FPM (IIM Bangalore)
Amit Prakash is an Associate Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB). At IIITB, he is also the Convenor of the Centre for IT and Public Policy (CITAPP, http://citapp.iiitb.ac.in/) and is in the core team of the E-Health Research Centre (EHRC, http://ehrc.iiitb.ac.in/). He was actively involved in designing a unique and interdisciplinary masters programme in digital society at IIITB where he presently teaches courses in the areas of ICT and Development (ICTD), E-Governance, and Social Complexity & Systems Thinking to students of its post-graduate programmes.
Amit’s broad research and consulting interests lie in the areas of Information Systems and Public Policy, particularly where they intersect with Development Sectors such as Public Health & Nutrition, Education & Skill Development and Livelihoods. His ongoing research projects have a focus on design and use of ICTs for improving the work content of frontline service delivery units and functionaries. His works have been published in national and international journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He also writes for the popular press and his articles have appeared in the op-ed pages of national newspapers in India that include The Hindu, The Times of India and Deccan Herald in recent times.
Amit has worked extensively on advisory assignments related to public policy and e-Governance over his more than 15 years of association with organizations like Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). He has been part of national and regional committees and working groups tasked with designing Development and ICT policies. E-Governance projects coordinated by him, while at C-DAC, have received national-level awards in India during 2002-03 and 2003-04. Amit serves as a resource person for the United Nations Asia-Pacific Centre for ICT and Development (UN-APCICT) and has conducted capacity enhancement sessions for senior government executives in countries of South Asia. He is a Founding Trustee of Vision Empower (http://www.visionempowertrust.org/) and serves as an Independent Director on the Board of itihaasa Research and Digital, a not-for-profit organization that works towards enhancing the understanding of Indian IT’s evolution, its impact and future trajectories....
Amit has an under-graduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (formerly, University of Roorkee) and a doctoral degree in Information Systems from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. His doctoral research was in the area of ICT and Development and explored the linkages of development conceptions and social contexts in the use of ICT enabled public service delivery interventions..
- ‘ICT in Social Protection Schemes: Deinstitutionalising Subsidy-based Welfare Programmes’ (with Silvia Masiero), Information Technology & People (forthcoming).Available at https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/ITP-02-2018-0086/full/html
- ‘What Do Citizens Value In E-Governance? Reflections From A Property Registration Computerization Project In India’ (with Anjali Karol Mohan and Bidisha Chaudhuri), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 54 Issue 10, 09 March 2019. Available at https://www.epw.in/journal/2019/10/special-articles/what-do-citizens-value-e-governance.html
- 'E-Governance and Public Service Delivery at the Grassroots: a Study of ICT Use in Health and Nutrition Programmes in India’, Information Technology for Development, Vol. 22 Issue 2, pp. 306-319, April 2016. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02681102.2015.1034639
- ‘Does Computerization Reduce PDS Leakage? A Case Study of Karnataka’ (with Silvia Masiero), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. L No. 50, pp 77-81, December 12, 2015. Available at http://www.epw.in/notes/does-computerisation-reduce-pds-leakage.html
- ‘Importance of Development Context in ICT4D Projects: A Study of Computerization of Land Records in India’ (with Rahul De’), Information Technology & People, Vol. 20 No. 3, September 2007, pp. 262-281. Available at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/09593840710822868
- ‘Installing Digital Nervous System in Maharashtra PWD’ (with A. B. Pawar and A. J. Jagtap), Journal of the Indian Roads Congress, Paper No. 480, Vol. 62 No. 3, 2001, pp. 453-471.
Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings
- ‘Creating an Accessible Technology Ecosystem for Learning Science and Math: A Case of Visually Impaired Children in Indian Schools’ (with Supriya Dey, Vidhya Y, Mounika Neerukonda, Suprgya Bhushan), MCHV-INAIS Workshop on "Being (more) human in a digitised world", IIM Calcutta, 1-2 February 2019.
- ‘A Rights-based Approach to Open Government Data’ (with Rajesh Hanbal), 10th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2019), ACM, 2019. Ahmedabad, India, 4-7 January 2019 (short-paper).
- ‘Relevance of Participatory Approaches in Creating ICT Systems for Public Health Programmes’ (with Priyanka Ivatury and Angel Jeena), 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2017), New Delhi, March 2017 (nominated for the best research paper award)
- ‘Infomediating the Digital Divide: A Case Study of Sujala Watershed Development Project in Karnataka’ (with Kavitha Narayanan), 10th International Conference on Public Policy and Management, IIM Bangalore, August 2015.
- 'The Politics of Anti-Poverty Artefacts: Lessons from Computerization of the Food Security System in Karnataka’ (with Silvia Masiero), Proceedings of the 7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2015), ACM, 2015. Available at http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2738011
- ‘Enactment of Technology Structures in ICT4D Projects: A Study of Computerization of Land Records in India’ (with Rahul De’), Proceedings of the 11th Pacific-Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2007), Auckland, New Zealand, July 2007. Available at http://www.pacis-net.org/file/2007/1252.pdf
- ‘Use of Information and Communication Technologies for Encouraging Participative Development: A Critique of the Indian Experiment’ (with Rahul De’), Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development, Berkeley (ICTD 2006), California, USA, May 2006 (short-paper). Available at http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=4085542
- ‘GIS based Road Information and Management System: A Decision Support Tool for Public Works Department, Government of Maharashtra’ (with V.S. Karnadikar and P.S. Bindhu), Proceedings of Map India Conference 2003, New Delhi, India, January 2003. Available at http://www.gisdevelopment.net/application/utility/Transport/pdf/52.pdf
- ‘Road Monitoring Systems’ (with A. B. Pawar and D. Sahoo), Proceedings of Geomatics 2000: A National Conference on Geomatics in Electronic Governance, Pune, India, January 2000
Recent Articles in the Press
- ‘Design logic in digital, less-cash age needs reality check’, Deccan Herald, December 12, 2016. Available at http://www.deccanherald.com/content/586119/design-logic-digital-less-cash.html
- ‘Enabling human capacity in ICT and development programmes’, Deccan Herald, July 09, 2016. Available at http://www.deccanherald.com/content/556767/enabling-human-capacity-ict-development.html
- ‘Fostering a healthy start-up ecosystem in Bengaluru’, The Times of India, July 04, 2016. Available at http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31806&articlexml=FOSTERING-A-HEALTHY-START-UP-ECOSYSTEM-IN-BENGALURU-04072016151009
- ‘IT sector employment: It’s time to think afresh’, The Times of India, April 15, 2016. Available at http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com//Article.aspx?eid=31806&articlexml=IT-sector-employment-Its-time-to-think-afresh-15042016501007&Mode=1
- ‘IT education policy: Lost in catching up’, Deccan Herald, February 16, 2016. Available at http://www.deccanherald.com/content/529105/it-education-policy-lost-catching.html
- ‘Starting up, for a longer haul’, The Times of India, January 26, 2016. Available at http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/NasData/PUBLICATIONS/
- ‘Beyond free and neutral: An internet policy for India’, Deccan Herald, January 11, 2016. Available at
- ‘Digital India needs to go local’, The Hindu, October 5, 2015. Available at http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/digital-india-needs-to-go-local/article7723292.ece
Invited Talks/ Conference Presentations
- Keynote address during the 'National Seminar on Net Neutrality and Free Data for Making Digital India' organized by the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication (MCNUJS), Bhopal, 3 December 2016.
- 'Social Media for Development and Governance: Policy and Practice in India', Capacity Building Programme on Social Media for Development and Governance, United Nations APCICT/ESCAP, Thimphu, 14-17 April 2015, and Colombo, 5-8 October 2015.
- ‘Development Paradigms and Technology Designs: Decoding the Indian e-Governance Plan’, NMIMS University Research Colloquium, April 2012.
- ‘Information System for National Rural Roads Scheme’, National Conference on Rural Roads, Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi, 2000.
HSS 104B E-Governance Application Design
This course seeks to overlay the introduction of good principles in designing ICT solutions with an understanding of the context of development, governance and public policy within which e-Governance solutions are embedded. It is being offered to fourth year students of the Integrated MTech programme.
DT 204 Social Complexity and Systems Thinking
This is a core course for the first year students of M.Sc. (Digital Society). It seeks to introduce to the students relevant concepts drawn from systems theory for a better appreciation of complexity in large digital systems. This is then used to provide insights into a few relevant methodologies considered useful to model and manage such systems. An earlier variant of this course was offered as DT 201 Engineering and Management of Large Digital Systems.
GEN 505 IT Project and Product Management (jointly with Prof. V. Sridhar)
This course offers a comprehensive overview of the essentials of project and product management and delves into details of innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship and ICT platform businesses. It is being offered as an elective to final year students of the MTech programme. It is a slightly modified version of the earlier core course - Business Management for IT Engineers - which we taught during 2015-16.
- Participatory design of information systems: (i) Indian public health and nutrition programmes (jointly with CSTEP, www.cstep.in, and Bangalore Medical College), (ii) Smallholder agriculture - with a focus on electronic/virtual marketplaces, (iii) Local governance: with a focus on data and applications of releance for panchayats and community based organiaztions
- Assistive technology ecosystem to address content accessibility concerns of visually-impaired school going children (jointly with Vision Empower, www.visionempowertrust.org)
- ICT induced changes in learning processes/outcomes in rural schools of Karnataka, India (jointly with the India Literacy Project, www.ilpnet.org)
- Digital identity systems and public service provision – with a focus on India’s Public Distribution Systems (PDS)
Completed Projects (selected)
- IT-BT Vision for Nava Karnataka 2025, Government of Karnataka (2017-18)
- Detailed project report for setting up a National e-Governance Academy as an institute of national importance, funded by Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India (2013-14)
- Consultancy for preparation of the report of the working group on National Information Infrastructure (NII) 2.0 set up by the Government of India, funded by Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India (2013-14)
- Detailed sector papers for the 12th Five-Year Plan of the Indian province of Karnataka (including education, healthcare, agriculture, infrastructure and other key sectors), funded by Planning, Programme Monitoring & Statistics Department, Government of Karnataka (2012)
- Technical assistance for Bihar Governance and Administrative Reforms Project (including a study on strengthening monitoring systems in elementary schools), funded by Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom (2011-12)
- Advisory services for developing technical education policy for the state of Punjab, funded by Department of Technical Education & Industrial Training, Government of Punjab (2011)
- Advisory services for developing a national employment policy for Bhutan, funded by Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, Royal Government of Bhutan (2011)
- Technical assistance to Government of Bihar and the World Bank for piloting Alternate Implementation Models in key schemes of Rural Development Department – Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) in the state of Bihar, India (2010)
- Capacity building for reforming the Khadi and Village Industry (KVI) subsector in India, funded by the Asian Development Bank (2010)
- Research study on building a knowledge society in Karnataka, India, funded by the Karnataka Knowledge Commission, Government of Karnataka (2010)
- Evaluation of Mid-day Meal programme in Karnataka, funded by Department of Public Instruction, Government of Karnataka (2008-09)
- System design and country-wide implementation of an online management and monitoring application (http://omms.nic.in/) for India’s rural roads programme - Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), funded by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (2000-03)
- Design and state-wide implementation of a comprehensive computerization programme for Maharashtra Public Works Department, India (1997-2003)