January 2006

ICT in Rural Development

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Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TNVASU) initiated experimentation on rural e-extension for transfer of technology in seven villages and two urban locations of the State.

More than seventy percent of the population in India is living in the villages. Since independence, the government has implemented several rural development programmes. But they have not made any remarkable improvement in their living conditions. It can be mainly attributed to the non availability of information on the emerging technologies. Therefore, transfer of new technologies to the rural communities has became essential to eradicate the poverty and thereby triggering development.

Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TNVASU) initiated experimentation on rural e-extension for transfer of technology in seven villages and two urban locations of the State. Its primary aim was to find out whether the rural people who are the real clients can access information on their felt needs electronically. In the present situation it was thought to be worthwhile to explore the possibility of information access by the rural people on their technological needs and hence nine Village Information Centres at six Districts of Tamil Nadu were established. 

Selection of villages
Initially, three Information Centres one each at Vellore, Tiruchirapalli and Madurai distri-cts were established. Six more centres two each in Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, and Chennai districts were later established. In each of these districts, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University has facilita-ted a Training and Research Centre or Farme-rs Training Centre or Krishi Vigyan Kendra.

The centre staff  were given responsibility of selecting a suitable village. The criteria of selection were:

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