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    will connect all major educational institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology IITs Indian Institutes of Management IIMs and top universities for exchange of information and research One of the important recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission NKC is to inter connect all knowledge institutions through high speed data communication network This would encourage sharing of knowledge specialized resources and collaborative research the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure said The government s decision to set up such a network was announced in 2008 09 and an initial amount of Rs 100 crore was allocated to the department of information technology ministry of communications and IT for this The architecture of the NKN will be scalable and the network will consist of an ultra high speed core multiples of 10Gbps and upwards to provide A nation wide ultra high speed data network highway The network will connect around 1 500 institutions and the setting up of core network is expected to be completed in a span of two years The cabinet said that the network will enable scientists researches and students from diverse spheres across the country to work together for advancing human development in critical and emerging areas NKN will catalyze

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    to avoid procedural delays New Delhi With gavel hammering judges moving over to touchscreen handbooks Delhi high court created history on Tuesday by showcasing the first e courtroom in the country Image credits Google Delhi High Court The court of Justice S Ravindra Bhat looked unlike any other courtroom with a sleek wide LCD screen on the wall and a touchscreen handbook replacing the bulky files as the HC launched its first eco friendly initiative to go paperless and also bring about speedy justice Cumbersome paperwork has been replaced by digitalised files and judges can directly access them on a display monitor With a target of digitalising all documents within two years the court has launched a pilot project which went on smoothly on the first day Though 33 matters were listed for the day around 18 cases were disposed of within the first two hours which on a routine basis take the entire day The judge used his special LCD touchscreen to make corrections and his digital signature to certify the copy The lawyers gave the concept a thumbs up saying there were no glitches during the proceedings We will be able to get rid of our bulky files

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    and the birds and bees Of late mobile phones have been blamed for a significant decline in populations of bees and birds especially sparrows b Ken Banks b tries to find out if Related topics regions Environment ICTs Research Offset your carbon footprint with your mobile b Ambrish Bakaya b Director Corporate Affairs Nokia India Pvt Ltd speaks to Ayeshea Perera from i Mint i on the Eco zone project that attempts to Related topics regions Environment ICTs Innovations ICTs for environment action ITU publication b i ICTs for e Environment Guidelines for Developing Countries with a Focus on Climate Change i b provides an overview of the impact of Related topics regions Environment ICTs Spamming the earth with GHGs A new research has highlighted the importance of stopping spam as it produces greenhouse gases that harms the planet Related topics regions Environment Internet Smart sensing the environment ICT innovation is a key element to spur green growth by improving environmental performance and addressing climate change across economies The report Related topics regions Environment Technology Innovations India s national capital gets first e courtroom The High Court in the Indian capital has gone eco friendly by replacing paper files with a touchscreen handbook and an LCD screen The initiative Related topics regions Environment India Governance Digital Singapore to get weather updates on mobile A new weather service developed by Singapore s National Environment Agency will provide information on changing weather patterns and pollution levels The Related topics regions Environment Information ICTs EpiCollect for citizen scientists A new software developed for smart phones will allow scientist and researchers to collate and analyse data through a central web based database in real time Related topics regions Environment Information Science and Technology Research NASA and others seek ways to save forests Space agencies governments and Google Inc have entered in a new partnership to save the forests in tropical countries Satellite images received via Google Related topics regions Environment Climate Change Science and Technology Information Embrace the digital age ICT minister urges Ugandans Uganda s minister for Information and Communication Technologies Ruhakana Rugunda wants Ugandans to go digital by fully adopting paperless communication in Related topics regions Environment Technology ICTs Africa Sustainable ICT for education b i Sustainable ICT in Further and Higher Education i b is the final report of the SusteIT project that analyses and develops best practice cases and Related topics regions Environment Education ICTs Green tyres for smarter fuel economy A range of green automobile tyres will soon be launched to boost mileage and reduce pollution created by friction of rolling tyres New materials like nanogel Related topics regions Environment Technology Innovations Indian capital to tackle e waste The second largest producing state of e waste in the country is slated to go green A new recycling plant in Roorkee will soon set up collection centres for Related topics regions Environment ICTs UNDP s Himalayan Meltdown wins top prize at International Film Festival i b Revealed The Himalayan Meltdown

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    Apna Kosh Our Bank was also set up to improve access to finances Now secure with regular work better incomes and most of all much cherished independence BVS turned its attention to the next generation that was seeking newer pastures and better opportunities The desire to use media tools for expanded livelihood opportunities was fulfilled in 2006 in a partnership with UNESCO BASIX and OneWorld South Asia Youth were trained in the use of computer and Internet in the production of newsletters and digital stories to document and disseminate the stories they knew They were also trained in radio production It was a while before the community understood the potential of this medium and opted to pursue it further Nearly 150 programmes on different locally relevant issues have been produced in Hindi and Bundeli These programmes will cater to a remarkably well integrated society of Hindus Muslims and Jains predominantly weavers farmers or beedi workers Opportunities for vocational education and employment are high on the priority of these communities Lessons from the ground The test transmission was a part of the Fourth State Consultation on Community Radio organised by the Ministry for Information and Broadcasting MoIB and CEMCA Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia to demystify and popularise community radio in India About 80 organisations from different parts of Madhya Pradesh participated in the consultation Existing and upcoming radio stations including Radio Bundelkhand RKDF Radio Lalit Lokvani and Chanderi Ki Awaaz shared their experiences The transmission as well as the locally constructed low cost community radio studio was an eye opener for several visiting representatives from educational institutions and community based organisations from various parts of Madhya Pradesh Chanderi community Photo credit Chanderi Ki Awaaz Chanderi Ki Awaaz demonstrated the real possibility that poor communities can be supported to set up a low cost radio studio produce and transmit locally relevant radio programmes and discover their own potential in this process A key aspect of the Chanderi experience according to Abhilaksh Likhi IAS Director Broadcasting from the MoIB was the grounding and preparation of the community prior to obtaining the license Even as a CR application is submitted to the Ministry s CR Cell communities need to be oriented in the use of radio as a strategic communication tool for development along with technical and management aspects of deployment he said Meeting challenges The consultation ended on a high note of appreciation for the tenacious team that had worked consistently for two years despite several constraints with only a chimera before them According to the volunteers the main problem was the irregular power supply When we did get together we played hide and seek with the power supply which is absent for as long as four hours every working day adds Arshad a young school going volunteer During summer when the mercury was high it was impossible to work in the closed studio without an air conditioner Finding time from regular work routines to meet and work to production schedules

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    the remaining fish and uses the proceeds for village festivals and repairs on the tank The village decided it was ready to auction the fish and the message was sent to all potential bidders by word of mouth with the date time and venue of the auction Bidders arrived and waded through the tank to make their own assessments of the fish stock using their hands and feet Using their estimates they bid The auction winner made a partial payment as an advance with a promise to pay the rest after the first catch He then pumped out much of the water from the common tank using a diesel generator and used a net to catch some of the fish The first batch of fish was caught and sold to waiting fish mongers The money collected was used to pay the remaining amount owed to the village The subsequent catch was to be the auction winners profit However the second day saw an unexpected development It rained boosting the auction winner s expenses as it became more costly to drain the tank The auction winner had to renegotiate to ensure he still made a profit The village would either have to return the money with deductions for the fish caught or allow an extra harvest to offset the additional expense of running the diesel generator to drain the tank again The villagers gathered a second time to decide on the course of action As usual the traditional village leader participated in the meeting which was presided over by the council president and opinions were sought Most thought it would be best to wait a few days for the water to seep into the ground before the auction winner went for his a second catch The auction winner was amenable to either getting his money back or using the extended period of time for fishing At that moment Village Council President K Chandramohan s cellphone received a text message The SMS message contained a weather forecast provided by Ekgaon Technologies Climate and Weather Information Systems Unit in partnership with Tamil Nadu Agriculture University Image credits The Wall Street Journal SMS message contained a weather forecast in South India The forecast provided weather information including temperature wind speed humidity and rainfall for the village s region It predicted four days of heavy rains The president told the assembly the forecast and everyone laughed The villagers could not believe that it would rain for four days as it was not the rainy season and there were no signs of rain Still the president recommended it would be better if the money was returned to the auction winner and another auction be held when the rain subsided He trusted the forecast and figured the fish population would increase with the water level in the tank and the village could get a better return from a second auction Still the council members overruled him and decided to keep the money and wait for a few

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    but despite all the scepticism they faced neither of them had a finance background and people thought they were foolish to use their own savings the couple did not waver And so Rang De an online micro credit outfit was born in 2008 providing small collateral free loans to the poor for income generating ventures Smita and Ramakrishna had figured out a new way while other micro credit institutions borrow from banks or corporates and disburse it to the needy Rang De raises money from ordinary individuals This helps them keep the interest rates low Smita explains A person who lends money through Rang De is not looking for a major return on investment they are doing it to support a cause The Ramakrishnas is just one of a surge of recent social initiatives in India from the unlikeliest of people Starting off as one person s idea and conviction they are growing into larger movements that are beginning to make an impact More people are thinking like the Ramakrishnas turning their attention effort and finances outward Says Smita When you see all the problems that beset our nation you want to do something you feel responsible Responsibility doing your bit for the world around you seems to be the buzzword People want a different kind of life they want fulfillment as well as prosperity They want to participate in culture and create it instead of being passive consumers of it says Poonam Kasturi 47 founder of Daily Dump a three year old Bangalore based organisation that helps urban Indians with waste management and composting at home Adds Poonam You are an ordinary Indian and you want to help in a tangible direct manner in tackling the mess you see around you For instance Gurinder Khurana a 24 year old economist was so impressed with Rang De that he now serves as a volunteer in its Delhi chapter helping to raise funds and make field evaluations While his economist brain saw the viability of the micro credit model what he liked most is the connection it is making with the rest of India making people aware that poor borrowers are credit worthy and need finance Worldwide network Many city dwellers are looking to right some wrongs perhaps alleviate some guilt and get back to the basics An outfit like Wwoof India set up in 2007 gives them that opportunity Wwoof World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is a worldwide network that connects people who want to volunteer on organic farms with farmers looking for some help In a larger sense it brings together people with common values and thinking Harish Tewari coordinator of Wwoof s India chapter says More and more people are realising that their real purpose lies far away from the craziness of the city This is a platform for such people to gain a new experience That s why Austrian national Sigrid Preimesberger chose to travel all the way down to India and spend a month getting

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    Resources Archive OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info keywords Related topics regions Human Rights Afghanistan Vocational Education Internet providing helping hand to social initiatives With more and more people getting involved with social welfare programmes Internet has come to play significant role in increasing connectivity cutting costs Related topics regions Communications India Campaign Twitter festival for a cause Twitter is organizing Twestival worldwide in September to raise funds and build awareness on local issues affecting communities Five participating Indian Related topics regions Livelihoods India Campaign Internet Global hope network to be launched soon Hope Plus an international website that will aid social and community projects using web 2 0 will be launched in December The multilingual website in Related topics regions Technology Campaign Internet Online fund raising challenge to help Somalis UNHCR has entered an online challenge to raise funds for Somali refugees displaced by decades of violent conflicts Through its Gimme Shelter campaign the Related topics regions Funding and grants Campaign Internet Indian portal encourages to donate goods An online Indian portal e Daan seeks to mobilise donated goods by finding someone who

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    to close the digital divide Anita Dighe Director Directorate of Distance Learning India warned that expectations must be scaled down Studies have shown that projects to promote learning through technology within illiterate communities often strengthen inequalities rather than reduce them The people who benefit from computers and internet access are generally younger people instead of the intended people who are older disabled or unemployed ICT increases educational activity among those who are already learners rather than widening participation to include those who had previously not taken part in formal or informal learning said Dighe The perceived wisdom is that ICT provides access to knowledge and education However Dighe points out that the mere availability of technology does not ensure accessibility Economic organisational and socio cultural factors are barriers governments need to be aware of Gender inequalities still persist in most developing countries she added There is a tendency to miss the social context in which ICT is embedded You need to acknowledge that the technological and the social aspects of ICT based projects are intertwined Educational achievements are shaped not only by the way education is organised but also by the socio economic background of the learners she said There are several areas governments and educators need to work on First they need to better understand and choose technologies which are best suited for each community Radio television films and other traditional media are more likely to be effective in developing countries compared to computers and the internet In November Mongolia launched an education television programme while schools were closed due to the H1N1 crisis Students were encouraged to reflect on the lessons and respond by messaging their teachers using mobile phones Television is the best way to reach the community because every household has a television Not all families

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