The Union government has introduced a new registration module for Indian students who are studying abroad in order to create a database. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had tweeted on Thursday informing everyone about this new initiative.
“We have no data of Indian students studying abroad. We have therefore, started a Students Registration Module on http://www.madad.gov.in/,” she tweeted.The platform aims at providing proper assistance to students and solve their grievances. Any student can easily register by logging into the website and providing some basic details.
The minister urged all Indian students in foreign countries to register with the module. “This will be of immense help,” she asserted.
“In case of any emergency, our Embassy will be able to reach you. While abroad – Indian Embassy is your family,” Swaraj said.
A day after she made this announcement, Sushma Swaraj also cautioned the students about fraud calls that claim to have found some problems with their paper work. “They ask for money failing which they (students) are threatened with deportation. Please do not fall prey to such calls. These calls are fake,” Swaraj iterated.
This plan was announced on Feb 2016, and Minister Sushama Swaraj was very happy to announced an initiative, for which we were trying from quite some time, in the form of a website/portal namely MADAD. As the name suggests, it is needless to say that it is aimed to help Indians Diaspora. MADAD is such a simple word that everybody knows its meaning. It is not a general helpline. During Parliament sessions or during office time, I used to receive various mails from MPs. Earlier MOIA was a department working under MEA but later it was turned into a separate Ministry. Also, this is the first time when one Minister is taking care of both the Ministries, therefore, enabling me to understand the problem, otherwise there was a lack of compatibility amongst both on various subjects. Earlier concerned Minister of MOIA was not able to resolve the issues as these used to be resolved by the Missions working under MEA. Therefore they were dependent upon each other. MOIA would take up the issue to MEA and MEA would take its own time because working under own Minister is different than working for Minister of other Ministry. But I arranged a joint meeting between them and told them that although scope of these issues comes under MOIA but the same needs to be resolved by MEA. So, a joint effort is required in making a web portal which can connect all the Missions and the Posts working abroad, so that concerned person can register the complaint and our Mission can update the status. So, we arranged a joint meeting between technical departments of both Ministries and they have done an excellent job beyond my expectations. They told me – “Madam, we will definitely make this website but we will also make a provision so that it can update automatically. Suppose if an issue lying with an officer is not resolved for ten days, then its color code will change automatically and the matter will come to the notice of the senior officer. If it still does not get resolved, then color code will change once again and then it will come to the notice of his/her senior officer.” So this website MADAD will ensure accountability, accessibility and responsiveness. So, it is a joint effort of MOIA and MEA, which you are going to witness right now and you are also going to know about its features. JS(CPV) will present its features. But as I told you in brief, if someone registers an online complaint, then it will automatically come to the notice of concerned officer. Time limit is well specified. If the concerned officer is capable of resolving it, then we will update status that it is resolved, but if somehow he is not able to resolve it, then it will be automatically get transferred to the senior officer and still if the same is not resolved, then it will be transferred to his/her senior officer and the senior officer will have the responsibility of explaining the reason for delay. So after making the website, we discussed that “we have finalized the name for our website but a logo should be there”. So we decided to finalise it through crowd sourcing as the same method was successfully adopted by our Prime Minister for Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojna. So, we published an advertisement through mygov.in and asked general public to suggest logo and tag line for this website. And then, we finalized logo of one contestant and the tag line of another contestant. You can see the logo right there which has been finalized and which I am just going to launch. There are two persons with a letter M in-between them and MADAD is written underneath. And the tagline belongs to another contestant which is ‘Because You Are Us’, means we are helping you because you are us. It was indeed a catchy tag line. So I told them to mix the logo with this tag line and divide the prize money of Rs. One Lac between both of them, so that each of them gets Rs. fifty thousand, since we didn’t like the tag line of the contestant, whose logo was finalized and similarly we didn’t like the logo of the contestant, whose tag line was finalized. So that’s how we designed our logo. We have invited both the contestants here. One of them belongs to Janakpuri, Delhi and another is from Nasik, Maharashtra. We will introduce them in a short while and they will also be awarded a certificate with prize money of fifty thousand each. So that’s how we finalized this logo and we are about to launch it. I would like JS(CPV) to start the presentation so that everybody is aware of its features.