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    increased participation from overseas universities many of whom are setting up operations in India It s only a matter of time before Yale Harvard Oxford etc are here Meanwhile the demand for business degrees or skills oriented courses is soaring Distance education courses are popular once again thanks to the Internet Teacher salaries in government schools are poised to increase following the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission Hiring is expected to pick up with the entry of more private players who will help set up new schools High percentages are a priority for Indian students training their sights on that highly coveted IIM or IIT seat To ensure this we spend USD 50 billion annually on private education Opportunities Abound All this has generated a huge interest in education and private companies are rushing to tap market opportunities A recent research study by Springboard Research says India s Education sector will step up its IT spending from an estimated USD 356 million in 2008 to USD 704 million in 2012 reflecting in a CAGR of 19 percent during 2007 2012 According to Springboard s report Inside the Campus IT in India s Education Sector Wireless LAN WLAN Storage Area Network SAN and ERP are the three most popular IT solutions adopted by education institutes in India Educational institutions in India are presently focused on deploying IT systems that will enable them to improve the educational process for their students and to stay ahead of the competition said Nilotpal Chakravarti Senior Research Analyst Vertical Markets at Springboard Research A large number of institutions are opting for networking solutions storage and ERP implementations to support their business upgrade operations and streamline budgets Chakravarti added A first mover here is IIM Shillong which went in for ERP and SCM as soon as it began operations in 2008 IIM Shillong becomes the first among India s centrally funded technical institutions and universities which include IITs IIMs etc to complete the implementation of a comprehensive ERP solution More details about its ERP implementation and the numerous benefits are included later in this story Success Stories While universities and private institutes are using ICT to set new standards for education it has been observed that the fastest pace of change is happening in rural India Thanks to a partnership between the government private sector and NGOs we see many successful examples of village schools using ICT to spread education Later in this story we tell you about audio visual lectures beamed to students in satellite towns in Madhya Pradesh using Web collaboration tools What s praiseworthy here is the sheer enthusiasm among these students and the support received from certain state governments Says Abhilash Sonwane VP Product Management Cyberoam The government is doing a commendable job of getting the network infrastructure to the grassroots levels After the connectivity you also need to put security in place The connectivity also has to be regulated for productive usage You should be able to control how the bandwidth

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    are unemployed for want of skills Kishor Kher President and Trustee of Kherwadi Social Welfare Association said that by 2022 India will have 550 million unskilled and marginally educated youth Highlighting that 80 of the Indian Youth do not complete school he said that the Indian government plans to provide skill training to 550 million youth by 2020 Kher revealed that while 92 of jobs are in the unorganised sector most programmes are geared for the 8 jobs in the organised sector Talking about the role of the civil society in bringing a positive change he said There are over 3 million registered NGOs in India Even if only 1 per cent 30 000 approx work in the skilling space they can make a big difference Talking to OneWorld South Asia Kher said that if youth are not trained properly they will pose both a social and an economic problem Instead of running after industry the Indian government should use the social development sector more actively than it has have been doing so far More than industry social development sector is actually interested in working in this domain he explained Dr John David Blomquist Senior Economist World Bank said that the economic growth in India has been job poor Skills are not the only or main constraint to business creation and employment he said Talking in the South Asian context Dr Blomquist said corruption and lack of basic facilities like electricity are some of the major roadblocks to the path of job creation Chandni Taneja Executive Director of Navjyoti India Foundation impressed upon the need of defining livelihood in terms of local requirements She also cautioned that in the absence of ample livelihood opportunities youth turn to crime leading the society into a vicious cycle which is not favourable for

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    developing counterparts on the Geneva based agency s ICT Development Index IDI according to the ITU report which adds that policy makers should pay keen attention to the plight of a group of so called Least Connected Countries that the index identifies as having the lowest connectivity rates The past year has seen continued and almost universal growth in ICT uptake said Brahima Sanou the Director of ITU s Telecommunication Development Bureau which authors the annual report The surge in numbers of mobile broadband subscriptions in developing countries has brought the Internet to a multitude of new users She added Despite the downward trend prices remain relatively high in many low income countries For mobile broadband to replicate the mobile cellular miracle and bring more people from developing countries online 3G network coverage has to be extended and prices have to go down even further Commenting on the report ITU s Secretary General Hamadoun I Touré called it the annual industry benchmark for technology development He said the agency s reputation as a wholly impartial and reliable source renders it the most comprehensive statistical and analytical report on the shape of ICT markets worldwide The report shows that the Republic of Korea remained the world s most advanced ICT economy as determined by the IDI which ranks 155 countries according to their levels of ICT access use and skills and takes account of 2011 and 2010 scores The next four countries Sweden Denmark Iceland and Finland were also unchanged from the year before while the United Kingdom which moved from 14th place in 2011 to ninth in 2012 was the only new arrival in the top ten European countries also filled eight of the top ten spots with Japan ranking eighth as the only non European country at that level

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    become a major contributor to economic growth in the developing countries Related topics regions Internet ICTs United Nations Digital Restrictions to limit Internet access on the rise UNESCO The United Nations agency which deals with freedom of expression on the Internet warned that restrictions limiting Internet access appear to be on the rise Related topics regions United Nations Internet The digital divide is shrinking The latest edition of b i Measuring the Information Society i b features the new ITU ICT Development Index IDI and the ICT Price Basket two Related topics regions Information United Nations Technology Digital UN to build an ICT museum International Telecommunication Union in partnership with United Arab Emirates is set to launch an ICT museum in Geneva next year The first of its kind ICT Related topics regions ICTs United Nations Innovations Global ICT experts meet in Beirut Delegates from more than 110 counties have gathered in Beirut for a conference that is aimed towards building a greater knowledge economy to help countries Related topics regions ICTs United Nations Economic meltdown Reforms ICTs vital to tackle climate change UN Addressing a global forum in Geneva UN chief has pointed out the significance of ICTs in building awareness and creating opportunities to address climate Related topics regions Development Climate Change ICTs United Nations UNEP launches online tool for marine area protection The online system is the latest decision making tool to provide the most current and relevant information about marine and coastal biodiversity and its Related topics regions Environment Information ICTs United Nations Developing a knowledge society GeSCI s publication b i Building a Knowledge Society for All i b points out that while transition to knowledge based economies is progressing the gap Related topics regions ICTs United Nations Access to knowledge Research ICT key to

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    Development seeks to act as a catalyst to achieve sustainability ITU seeks to harness the power of state of the art ICTs and smart solutions to meet sustainable development goals With mobile subscriptions having crossed the 6 billion mark and with mobile broadband becoming increasingly available new opportunities can be grasped to improve health education agriculture trade and commerce Mobile devices for m Powering Development are seen both as empowering users as well as powering development and economic activity ITU s new Smart Sustainable Development Model SSDM initiative seeks to demonstrate that linking ICT for Development ICT4D with ICT for Disaster Management ICT4DM leads to increased sustainable development and optimal resource use without additional financial investment Smart solutions envisage affordable models for ICT infrastructure development network security and enhanced cybersecurity as well as the development and deployment of new applications creation of an enabling environment through sound regulations capacity building and mitigating the effects of climate change while strengthening emergency telecommunications Global roll out of the initiatives which will be steered by ITU s Telecommunication Development Bureau is expected by April 2014 In a world increasingly threatened by natural disasters brought on by global climate change we have to seize the opportunities available to us through smart cutting edge technologies to swing the tide towards achieving sustainable development said ITU Secretary General Hamadoun I Touré The deployment of mobile broadband goes beyond merely making a phone call it brings about a paradigm shift in social and economic empowerment and development It is truly m Powering Launching the m Powering Development and SSDM initiatives at ITU Telecom World 2012 Brahima Sanou Director of ITU s Telecommunication Development Bureau noted that these will hasten the transition to a knowledge based information society I am launching these two initiatives to give a human

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    worldwide especially governments to implement m Health interventions to address prevention and treatment of NCDs and their common risk factors tobacco use unhealthy diet physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol The Initiative is being discussed at the ITU Telecom World 2012 currently in session at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre The conference is a rare opportunity for thought leaders and digital pioneers in the corporate research and academic sectors from around the world to meet with high ranking policy makers and regulators collaborating to share ideas on the future of global telecommunications M Health A unique opportunity to combat ill health and disease Technological innovations are changing the landscape of disease prevention and control The widespread availability of mobile technology including in many of the least developed countries is an exceptional opportunity to expand the use of e health By joining forces ITU and WHO will fight against debilitating non communicable diseases that can be controlled through the intervention of m Health solutions and services that are at once cost effective scalable and sustainable said ITU Secretary General Hamadoun I Touré In doing so we will help end a scourge that hinders economic growth and development around the world The ITU WHO m Health initiative will build on current projects existing health systems and platforms and will involve partnerships between governments NGOs and the private sector WHO is already using mobile devices to carry out surveillance of non communicable diseases and their risk factors For example the Global Adult Tobacco Surveillance system has used mobile phones to capture data on tobacco use in 17 countries covering over half of the world s population This experience of running population scale mobile projects will be vital to the initiative said Dr Oleg Chestnov WHO Assistant Director General for

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    regions Science and Technology ICTs Disease Tripura takes the ICT route to quality eyecare The Tripura Vision Centre project in northeast India is pushing information communication technology to its extreme to provide the best eye care facility to Related topics regions ICTs Health Disease Online healthcare becoming popular in India Tired of queuing up and inaccurate advises people are logging onto medical health services for consultations appointment scheduling recommendations on Related topics regions ICTs Health Disease ITU and WHO launch m Health initiative The International Telecommunication Union ITU and the World Health Organization WHO has launched m health initiative to combat non communicable diseases Related topics regions Disease Mobiles Digital Quicker diagnosis and faster treatments A remote diagnosis tool being developed by a Bangalore based firm will advance telemedicine technology by allowing quick transfer of rural patients diagnostic Related topics regions ICTs Disease Innovations Internet may help predict disease outbreak Internet based surveillance can detect infectious diseases such as dengue fever and influenza up to two weeks earlier than traditional methods scientists say Related topics regions South Asia India Disease Internet Cancer treatment on air in India Need to connect regional cancer centres to remote areas has led a prominent health institution in India to provide expert cancer care on air With Related topics regions ICTs Health Disease Now free access to some of India s traditional knowledge The Traditional Knowledge Digital Library of India which earlier allowed only limited access will now permit free use of a section of their documents This Related topics regions Health Disease Access to knowledge Digital Microchip to detect cancer other diseases Canadian researchers have developed a new microchip using nanomaterials to detect cancer and other infectious diseases The new device quickly picks up the Related topics regions Science and Technology Disease Research Kenya

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    state In the context of an active archive online means that the data is available in an environment that is immediately and easily accessible to users that is not drawing power or taking up unnecessary space and one in which the data is protected for a long time An active archive strategy when properly applied significantly reduces overall storage and data management costs whilst improving efficiencies and the ability for users to access all data In essence the data should live where it is most efficient For example inactive data WHICH IS BLA which has retention value can be moved into an archive tier storage that although online and visible to the user is typically in a powered down state using Massive Array of Idle Disks MAID technology that completely removes power from the array These archives while still available to users can be managed with very different disaster recovery techniques that require less investment and at a fraction of the operational costs of conventional disk based file stores This is a vast contrast to a traditional archiving approach where data often ends up residing in an off site data tape store that required hours if not days for data retrieval Implementing an Active Archive There are numerous tools that can simplify the implementation of an active archive strategy These can be categorised as Digital Asset Management Leading digital asset management systems automatically index content in multiple ways as it is created and modified Using this meta data users can search for data and administrators can easily set policies to automatically determine which data should remain on production disk drives and which can migrate to lower cost higher efficiency second or third tier storage Hierarchical Storage Management Tier Virtualisation Another cost effective technique that can aid in developing an active

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