(Riya Singh, Intern Journalist): Last month, the Ministry of Electronics and IT shortlisted 10 Indian startups to build a secure platform for video conferencing and it has now shrunk to five. The top five startups are PeopleLink Unified Communications Pvt Ltd, Sarv Webs Pvt Ltd, Techgentsia Software Technologies Pvt Ltd, Instrive Softlabs Pvt Ltd, and Soul page IT Solutions Pvt Ltd.

The top three startups viz PeopleLink Unified Communications Pvt Ltd, Sarv Webs Pvt Ltd, and Techgentsia Software Technologies Pvt Ltd have been awarded Rs 20 lakh each whereas the other two startups viz Instrive Softlabs Pvt Ltd and Soul page IT Solutions Pvt Ltd have also been awarded Rs 15 lakh each for the development of the product.

The final and stable versions of the platform for video conferencing are expected to roll out by the end of this month. User privacy and security was one of the key factors behind developing homegrown video conferencing platforms.


The new and potential Zoom rivals will be equipped for all data including audio, video, and files with end-to-end encryption. The data will be stored in the cloud, and multiple factor authentications will be given to users. Once these prototypes are out, the government will select one final solution to be deployed by the central and state governments for a four-year period. For the video conferencing app, the winning team will get Rs 1 crore, plus an extra Rs 10 lakh every year to run and manage the network for three years.

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