Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is the major R&D organization of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for providing R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas. Different regions of C-DAC had originated at different times, many of which came out as a result of the identification of opportunities.
- The establishing of C-DAC in 1988 itself was to built Supercomputers in context of denial of import of Supercomputers by the USA. Since then C-DAC has been undertaking to construct multiple generations of Supercomputer starting from PARAM with 1 GF in 1988.
- Almost at the same time, C-DAC started creating Indian Language Computing Solutions with setting up of GIST group (Graphics and Intelligence based Script Technology); National Centre for Software Technology (NCST) established in 1985 had also initiated work in Indian Language Computing around the same period.
- Electronic Research and Development Centre of India (ER&DCI) with various constituents starting as adjunct entities of several State Electronic Corporations, had been brought under the hold of Department of Electronics and Telecommunications (now MeitY) in around 1988. They were focusing on several aspects of applied electronics, technology and applications.
- With the passage of time as an outcome of a creative ecosystem that got set up in C-DAC, more areas such as Health Informatics, etc., got made; while right from the inception the focus of NCST was on Software Technologies; similarly C-DAC commenced its education & training activities in 1994 as a spin-off with the passage of time, it increased to large efforts to meet the growing needs of Indian Industry for finishing schools.
C-DAC has today emerged as a major and important R&D organization in IT&E (Information Technologies and Electronics) in the country operating on strengthening national technological capabilities in the context of global developments in the field and responding to alteration in the market need in selected foundation areas. In that process, C-DAC represents a unique facet operating in close junction with MeitY to realize nation’s policy and pragmatic interventions and initiatives in Information Technology. As an institution for high-end Research and Development (R&D), C-DAC has been at the forefront of the Information Technology (IT) revolution, regularly building capacities in emerging/enabling technologies and innovating and leveraging its expertise, caliber, skill sets to develop and deploy IT products and solutions for different sectors of the economy, as per the compulsion of its parent, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India and other stakeholders covering funding agencies, collaborators, users, and the market-place.