Dharmendra Pradhan tests ‘BharOS’ developed by IIT Madras


Union Minister for Telecommunications, Electronics and Information Technology and Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday tested ‘BharOS’, a proprietary operating system developed by Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT).

Union Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw also attended the event.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in developing the system. Eight years ago, when Prime Minister Narendra Modiji first spoke about digital India, some of his friends mocked him, but today tech bureaucrats, innovators, industry, policy makers and academic institutions 8 “I embraced his vision after a year,” he said.

“There will be difficulties on this journey and there are many people around the world who will bring difficulties and they would not want such a system to succeed,” said Vaishnav.

BharOS is a new mobile operating system focused on privacy and security. A mobile operating system is software that becomes the core interface of a smartphone, such as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS.

What is BharatOS?

BharOS is an Indian government-funded project to develop a free, open-source operating system (OS) for use by government and public systems. This project aims to reduce smartphone dependence on foreign OS and promote the use of domestic technology. It is a giant leap to create an indigenous ecosystem and a self-reliant future.

BharOS services are currently being offered to organizations that have strict privacy and security requirements and handle sensitive information that requires confidential communication in mobile apps with limited users. These users will need to access private cloud services via private 5G networks.

Who developed BharOS?

BharOS is developed by JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops) incubated by the IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, a Section 8 (non-profit) company founded by IIT Madras. The Foundation is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India under the National Mission for Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NMICPS). We want to bring India on a par with the few countries that currently have such capabilities.

At a January 19 press conference to unveil this Indian mobile operating system, V. Kamakoti, director of IIT Madras, said, “BharOS service is a mobile operating system built on trust and focused on providing users with it.” More freedom, control and flexibility to choose and use only the apps that fit your needs. This innovative system promises to revolutionize the way users think about the security and privacy of their mobile devices.”

What is No Native App?

BharOS comes with a No Native Apps (NDA), which means users are not forced to use unfamiliar or untrusted apps. This approach also allows users to choose to allow only apps they trust to access certain features or data on their devices, giving them more control over the permissions apps have on their devices.

BharOS provides access to trusted apps from an organization-specific private app store service (PASS). PASS provides access to a curated list of apps that have been thoroughly vetted and meet specific security and privacy standards set by your organization. This means that users can be confident that the apps they install are safe to use and have been checked for potential security vulnerabilities or privacy issues.

Karthik Ayyar, Director of JandK Operations Pvt Ltd., the start-up company that developed this mobile operating system, said: “BharOS also provides ‘Native Over The Air’ (NOTA) updates that help keep the device secure. is automatically downloaded and installed on your device without the need to manually start the process.This ensures your device is always running the latest operating system version, including the latest security patches and bug fixes. NDA, PASS, NOTA, BharOS are the We guarantee you can be trusted.”

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