August 2010

egov Awards 2010:Telecentre

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DigitalLocal Language Content Competition

IMPLEMENTING AGENCY
Nenasala ICTC, Uva

OBJECTIVES

  • Make content available in local language
  • Promote writing habits among the local community
  • Contribute to increasing foot falls and, consequently, income of the Nenasala

This project hopes to increase the volume of contents in local language using the Information and Communication Technology. Consequently, local people will be able to get information in their language according to their need. The community will be involved in the project by submitting content for the competition. Most importantly, therefore, community participation is a key factor for the success of the project. At the end of the project, the Tamil speaking community will be able to collect information in Tamil language about Sri Lanka. Because of the availability of the content in local languages, the Nenasala will start getting many users than ever before. As a result, its income will also increase and the telecentre will be able to sustain itself as well as the project. In the long run, the community will also benefit from the content aggregated through this competition and uploaded on its website. Through this project, they hope to divide the digital gap among the rural community and also contribute towards building the knowledge society combined with ICT empowerment. The project aimed to target and benefit the users of telecentre covered area in the villages. For the implementation of the project the area schools teachers, some educated volunteers, youths gave support to the telecentres.

Outcome

  • Benefit the community through access to information and knowledge in local languages
  • Rural people can learn to use ICTs for generating and uploading content
  • Enhance ICT usage within the community

 

Vadalur Knowledge Centre

IMPLEMENTING AGENCY
Vadalur Knowledge Centre

OBJECTIVES

  • Act as a front line delivery system in Vadalur PURA complex for providing knowledge connectivity
  • Provide skill development for the rural youth, women and farmers.
  • Make use of ICT tools effectively for knowledge dissemination in rural area

Vadalur Knowledge Centre is a village knowledge centre located in Vadalur, Cuddalore District, Tamilnadu, India. It is a partner in Grameen Gyan Abhiyan (Mission2007). Every village, a Knowledge Centre) is chaired by Prof. MS Swaminathan. Vadalur Knowledge Centre follows former Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam’s Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) model for Rural Prosperity. The project was started to implement and showcase a model village knowledge centre, which is a frontline delivery system in the PURA complexes for providing knowledge connectivity. Vadalur Knowledge Centre wishes to empower the youth to undertake development tasks of the villages and establish rural enterprises to provide large scale employment to the youth of the village. This Village Knowledge Centre is one of the essential components for realising the goal of graduating into a knowledge society and transforming the nation into a developed country before the year 2020.

There was a initial struggle to make people understand what is Village Knowledge Centre and how to use ICT to provide services. People initially hesitated and did not believe that doctors could able to speak with them through computers from different town. This initial resistance was overoame by doing lot of offline activities.

Outcome

  • Is registered with IGNOU  to conduct Certificate, Diploma and Associate Degree Programmes
  • Been able to share content and make partnership with various organisations

Private Sector

Telemedicine Initiative

Implementing Agency
Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital

 

OBJECTIVES

  • Transfer immediate and fast data
  • Increase availability of quality medical service to those in need
  • Promote the growth of Telemedicine
  • Improve quality of medical services

Telemedicine Master Centre is an e-Initiative to provide quality care to the unreachable population. Project was started in 2006 with one peripheral centre and has now grown to provide services to 31 peripheral hospitals in India and 53 African countries through Pan-African Network, making it the largest Telemedicine Service provider in western India. It is a unique venture for the country undertaken in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Adivasis form 64% of the local population here. It is seen that 65% percent of Indian households seek health care from the private medical sector and only one-third use the public medical sector. Common reasons for not using health care facilities of the public sector, is the poor quality of services and non- availability of a nearby facility. It is in this context that the present programme gains relevance for it addresses realities that hinder effective health care for rural populations. The Telemedicine centre provides widest range of services on its national and international network. Apart from tele-consultations and tele-ducations in this network,  home care division is developed; an innovative development by Telemedicine centre where Tele -ECG facility is being provided, which is first of its kind in the country. ECG facility at patients home is directly transmitted in cardiologist’s mobile. The telecentre is using various low cost techniques to reach more houses in villages.

Outcome

  • Till today 813 patients have been benefited through the telemedicine
  • Timely access to diagnostic, specialty health-care advice at the grass root level through the low cost telemedicine network centering around the district hospital as the service provider

 

IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited

 

Implementing Agency
One97 Communications

OBJECTIVES

  • Empowerment of people living in rural India
  • Provide pertinent information and services through affordable mobile communications
  • Improve decision making ability of farmers
  • Work with like minded organisations for e-transformation of villages

IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL) is an attempt to leverage the communications needs of rural India by providing relevant and location specific content for empowering the people living in villages of India. Towards this, IKSL provides five free voice messages per day to the subscribers of its Green SIM Card along with a dedicated Helpline for resolution of their problems by a team of experts. Other activities like Mobile Based Quizzes, Phone In Programmes, etc are also taken up. The project was started for the empowerment of the farmers and other people living in rural India and provide them knowledge inputs for effective decision making in their day to day activities, particularly in agriculture. It aimed to address the limitations of conventional Extension System and also take the latest technology and expert advice directly to the ears of the farmers and other subscribers from rural India. The free voice messages are of one minute duration and cover diverse areas. The requirements of information are addressed at state level, zonal (group of districts) level. The new platform used for OBD purpose can facilitate providing content specific to a cooperative society (retailer)’s area.

Outcome

  • About one million users are ustilising OBD and Helpline services

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