Wednesday, September 10, 2003
THE 'ONE' NATION : Here comes the real IT boom
Disclaimer: A slightly longish, though extremely pleasing post.
Do you remember all the times when I have raved and ranted about IT development in India being restricted to the educated and middle classes? Turns out, India is out to prove me wrong. And I gladly accept.
In the past two days, I've read two articles on how IT is being used in rural India for the education of the masses. Article # 1, Wiring up a Knowledge Revolution in Rural India speaks about "An IT project in southern India is empowering low-caste village women, helping them net information on everything from grain prices and cataract operations to the Iraq war. ". Here are some of the pleasing excerpts of the article -
Article # 2, India�s Illiterates Get a Magic Wand speaks about "a project by India�s premier software giant, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which if it can find the right partners and hit critical mass, India�s 300 million illiterates could be converted into productive individuals who can read signboards and perhaps even the simple text of a newspaper in less than 40 hours of learning-time". The pleasing excerpts of this article are mentioned below -
The pleasing aspects of these endeavours are that they're working at a grass-roots level and aren't intended towards hitting rural India with the whole nine yards. Also, they have been able to overcome the apprehensions of villagers and the resistance from politicians to gain a foothold into India's progress.
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