Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras Develops Secure Mobile Operating System

A company incubated by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras) has developed an Indigenous Mobile Operating System that could potentially benefit the one billion phone users in India, a press statement by the Institute has said.

The system, BharOS, can be installed on commercial off-the-shelf handsets. It provides a secure environment for users and is a significant contribution towards the government’s Self-Reliant India (Atmanirbhar Bharat) Mission. It offers native over-the-air (NOTA) updates that can help keep the devices secure. NOTA updates are automatically downloaded and installed on the device, without the need for the user to manually initiate the process. This ensures that the device is always running the latest version of the operating system, which includes the latest security patches and bug fixes. With NDA, private app store services (PASS), and NOTA, BharOS ensures that Indian mobile phones are trustworthy.

BharOS provides access to trusted apps from organisation-specific PASS. A PASS provides access to a curated list of apps that have been thoroughly vetted and have met certain security and privacy standards of organisations. Users can be confident that the apps they are installing are safe to use and have been checked for any potential security vulnerabilities or privacy concerns, the statement wrote.

BharOS services are currently being provided to organisations that have stringent privacy and security requirements and handle sensitive information and require confidential communication through restricted apps on mobile devices. Users also need access to private cloud services through private 5G networks.

The BharOS was developed by a company incubated by IIT-Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation. The Foundation is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), under the government’s National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NMICPS).

According to an official from IIT-Madras, BharOS is built on trust, with a focus on providing users more freedom, control, and flexibility to choose and use only the apps that fit their needs. The innovative system will revolutionise the way users think about security and privacy on their mobile devices.

IIT-Madras will work closely with private industries, government and strategic agencies, and telecom service providers to increase the usage and adoption of BharOS. BharOS comes with no default apps (NDA). This means that users are not forced to use apps that they may not be familiar with or that they may not trust. This approach allows users to have more control over the permissions that apps have on their device, as they can choose to only allow apps that they trust to access certain features or data on their device.

The IIT-Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation is a Section 8 Company hosted as a Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) by IIT-Madras on Sensors, Networking, Actuators, and Control Systems (SNACS). It focuses on new knowledge in SNACS through extensive and application-oriented research and prepares students for the next generation of world-class technologies. The primary activities include technology development, entrepreneurship development, human resource development, and international collaboration. It provides an ecosystem for technology development and deployment.

IIT-Madras Pravartak has seed funded 15 companies so far, and some are in the advanced stages of negotiations with venture capitalists and angel investors. Apart from entrepreneurship development, the foundation works on skill development. To date, the foundation has trained about 4,000 professionals. With its outreach activities, it has started around 50 rural interaction centres and 5 rural technology centres spread across Tamil Nadu to provide quality education for rural students.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.