Broadband connectivity can improve life in villages: APJ Abdul Kalam

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The President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam Broadband at Commonwealth Connects 2007, the International e-Partnership Summit organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Commonwealth Business Council, said that broadband connectivity can improve life in villages.

The President of India said that it is through this broadband network that people living in the villages would be able to access modern education, healthcare services and employment opportunities. Evolving guidelines for common telecommunication policy to share resources, network and infrastructure without any barrier and facilitate implementation through a Commonwealth co-ordination centre should be focus of the commonwealth nations, he added. He said that Commonwealth Connects 2007 should look at identifying gaps in educational standards of IT professionals in the Global business scenario in IT, ITES and BPO services and creating institutional mechanisms for training, accreditation and grading based on performance. Dayanidhi Maran, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, informed that Commonwealth Connects Programme provides a platform for the cooperation among member countries to bridge the digital divide and it is a multi-stakeholder partnership, which will enable all to reap the benefits of ICT advancements. He said that the software and ITES exports from India is likely to exceed US $ 31 billion during the current year 2006-07 against US $ 12.9 billion in the year 2003 – 04. Mr. Don McKinnon, Commonwealth Secretary General, said that Commonwealth Connects has a task to bridge the digital divide in 53 countries to reach the economically backward people.

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