India's top-level domain names on the
Internet are .IN and .CO.IN. Just like .COM, .IN and .CO.IN
can be used for e-mail, Web sites, and other applications. .IN and .CO.IN are unique
symbols and are able to inform the public at large that the website or domain name
is INDIA specific.
The .IN domains were made available to the general public on February 16, 2005.
However a sunrise period for registering the Top Level Indian Domain name was offered
to right holders from January 1 to January 21, 2005. Therefore owners of registered
Indian trademarks or service marks who wished to protect their marks were given
the opportunity to apply for .IN domain names before the general public.
Domain registration of .IN and .CO.IN has been made hassle-free to promote this
domain. The domain registration procedure is quite simple and everyone has access
to it. .IN domain names are obtainable for sign-up through many registrars and obtaining
a .IN domain has become a relatively simple process.
Domain registration of .IN and .CO.IN are available for organizations and individuals
in India and outside India. The domain registration is done by registrars appointed
by .IN registry and would happen through a transparent non-biased process. To register
a domain name, the registrant has to place a request online and the .IN domain name
is usually registered in his name within 24 hours as per the guidelines established
by the Government.