‘BharOS’: IIT Madras Incubated Firm Develops India’s Indigenous Mobile Operating System

A company established by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has created BharOS, an Indigenous Mobile Operating System that can be installed on commercially available handsets.

On Tuesday, January 24th, the BharOS was successfully tested by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Electronics and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

According to India TV, Electronics and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said of the indigenous mobile operating system, “There will be obstacles on this road, and there are many individuals around the world who will present obstacles and do not want any such system to succeed.”

The BharOS was created by JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops), which was incubated by IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, a Section 8 (Non-Profit) Company founded by IIT Madras.

BharOS includes No Default Programs (NDA), which means that users are not compelled to run unfamiliar or untrusted apps.

The Foundation is supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the federal government as part of its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NMICPS).

In addition, this strategy gives users greater control over the rights that apps have on their device, as they may opt to only grant access to certain functions or data to apps that they trust.

BharOS Services are now supplied to organisations with strong privacy and security needs, whose customers deal with sensitive information requiring confidential interactions via limited mobile apps. These users must have access to private cloud services via 5G private networks.

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