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CHIP to award top websites

Jasubhai Digital Media, part of the $50-million Jasubhai Group, and publisher of leading IT publications like CHIP, Computer Reseller News and Network Computing is all set to organize the first large-scale event to honour the best web sites of the country. Organised in conjunction with DishnetDSL -- India's leading broadband ISP -- as the main sponsor, the CHIP DishnetDSL Web Awards 2000 is expected to emerge as the industry benchmark. Says Jasu Shah, CMD, Jasubhai group of companies, "The web awards is intended to be authoritative standard for Indian Net-users."

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New Delhi
Jasubhai Digital Media, part of the $50-million Jasubhai Group, and publisher of leading IT publications like CHIP, Computer Reseller News and Network Computing is all set to organize the first large-scale event to honour the best web sites of the country. Organised in conjunction with DishnetDSL -- India's leading broadband ISP -- as the main sponsor, the CHIP DishnetDSL Web Awards 2000 is expected to emerge as the industry benchmark. Says Jasu Shah, CMD, Jasubhai group of companies, "The web awards is intended to be authoritative standard for Indian Net-users."

The awards will be given in 10 major categories - entertainment, art and culture, special interest and hobbies, Net media, travel and tourism, sports, search engines, multilingual sites, finance and shopping sites -- thus covering a diverse landscape of websites. The principal criterion for judging a website will be its ability "to enhance user experience". Beyond "navigation" and "usability", the judges will score nominees on five salient aspects - content, design, functionality, structure, and the degree of interactivity of the site. The panel of judges will comprise stalwarts from various industries -- from technocrats in the IT industry to the creative gurus of advertising. The awards will be presented at a special function to be held on May 19 at Mumbai's Shanmukhanada Hall.

Talking about the awards, Bill Crawley, senior vice-president, DishnetDS, says, "In as global market that is becoming increasingly competitive and demands constant change, it is important to establish the benchmark by which others will be judge in the marketplace. The Web Awards will establish such a benchmark." Adds Shah, "In a scenario where Indian domains/websites are mushrooming practically everyday, it is only appropriate to have a sound methodology for qualitative analysis and comparison. The CHIP DishnetDSL Web Awards 2000 will honour the talent, imagination and initiative of the people behind the best Indian websites, thus serving as an incentive to improve the quality of indigenous content on the Internet."
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