NASSCOM Foundation and a Canada based leading developer of wireless web access devices and services, DataWind Corporation have started a project to provide Internet connectivity in rural areas of India.
Recently, Nasscom Foundation and Datawind has signed an agreement to develop and provide low cost wireless computing and Internet connectivity for ICT based empowerment of rural India. In the first phase of the project, training and Internet solution programme has been launched in various states including Orissa, Andhra Pardesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra. The main aim of the project is to provide wireless Internet connectivity in the rural areas to eliminate illiteracy and poverty from rural areas of India. DataWind is contributing to Nasscom foundation by providing its award winning wireless net access device, named PocketSurfer to provide Internet connectivity in rural areas of the country. Esteemed organistaions Byrraju Foundation from Andhra Pradesh, UNICEF and project associate from Medhak in AP, GRASSO from West Bengal, FIDR from Orissa, SS Mandal from Maharashtra, TFTP from Karnataka and NIT from Durgapur are the various partners and participants in the project. Nasscom Foundation has associated with UNICEF and its NGO including GRASSO in West Bengal, Byrraju Foundation in Andhra Pardesh and FIDR in Orissa are distributing these wireless devices for benefit of the villagers. Nasscom is already working through their Rural Knowledge Networks who have Village Resource Centres in nine Coastal places in India.