Cisco Systems will invest over $100 Mn in India to support the country’s ambitious plan to connect thousands of its villages to the internet and create jobs, Executive Chairman John Chambers said on Friday. PM Modi has launched a series of initiatives under the ‘Digital India,’ ‘Skill India,’ and ‘Startup India’ schemes to connect millions of Indians to the Internet, create more tech jobs and move more services online. Cisco will invest $40 Mn of the total planned investment into funding early and mid-stage startups.

All books under CBSE curriculum would be freely available online for students. Around 45 days back, all NCERT books were made free for online access, and now books for CBSE curriculum has also been made freely available online. Considering that students need to spend a considerable amount of money on purchasing textbooks, this move can have far-reaching consequences for the society. The present Government has taken this initiative one step forward towards #DigitalIndia mission.

Axis Bank has partnered with a digital security company, e-Mudhra to facilitate digital signature facility to its customers. The new service will facilitate an Aadhaar holder to digitally sign a document within seconds. The service rides on Aadhar authentication and will generate the digital signature automatically. The generated signature is legally valid and secure. The government had launched this service early this year as part of its #DigitalIndia campaign.

Delhi government has decided to bring all auto rickshaws and taxis under one app facilitating commuters to book them through smartphones. It will be during, a 15-day trial of odd-even scheme starting from 1st January. According to the transport minister, an app called PoochO will be launched on December 22, a day when ‘Car-Free Day’ will be organized in East Delhi. AAP Government will run an awareness campaign for drivers of taxis and autos to register themselves before December 22.

Amplifi and XIME have partnered to set up India’s 1st & only Amplifi-XIME B2B SaaS Accelerator at XIME’s Bangalore campus. They partnered with an intention to create a startup ecosystem for B2B SaaS (Business-to-Business Software-as-a-Service) ideas. The B2B SaaS Accelerator will offer infrastructure, mentoring, shared resources and access to corporates, angel investors and VCs plus credits from partners & service providers for the entrepreneurs selected through this program. This can be called as a step towards #DigitalIndia & #StartupIndia.

Social-media giant Facebook has launched the first SME India Council with 12 small business owners. It is the first such council in the Asia-Pacific region. The council will meet throughout the year to share feedback, discuss new ideas and work with Facebook to build better ads solutions. According to Facebook India, more than 1.99 billion interactions have been made between people and two million small businesses with Facebook Pages in India. This can be called as an initiative towards #DigitalIndia mission.

Indian Board of HRD is planning to give free Wi-Fi facility in 38 Central Universities. Students across those universities will get high-speed connections of 2Gbps in the university campuses. Officials said, “Most universities will be covered by March 2016 and bigger campuses may take a few more months”. The project is in sync with the government’s much-hyped #Digital_India project.