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    using ICT as a tool Nemmadi telecentre project was started in September 2006 under the Public Private Partnership PPP model This partnership was formed to emphasise the goals of responsive governance by developing an effective efficient transparent and accountable system of public service delivery in the entire state of Karnataka It is based on a telecentre system that provides a variety of e governance services to rural citizens This initiative has a large network including clients private organisations and government departments that have been integrated into the system to ensure the effective delivery of government to citizens based services and business to citizens based services Nemmadi telecentre offers various services to citizens through internet facilities Telecentres are operated by an IT company and the operators look after the citizen database at the time of the application of services The data is then processed at the backend taluk office The citizens have to collect their digital certificates at the telecentres after a few days The geographical coverage of Nemmadi telecentre spreads across the entire state of Karnataka in each hoblis Citizens can access the services through these telecentres in their village The telecentre system has several unique built in features that

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    of the South Asian Ministries of Education Forum being held in India The Forum is being held to mull over the state of ICTs in education in the South Asian countries The ministerial session gave out the general feel that South Asian countries need to complement the spread of ICTs with active training of teachers and the need for effective policies Dr Asim Ahmed Minister of Education Maldives narrated how even though his country is poor the active involvement of parents in the equipping their children with good education helps Though he talked about the need for his government to systemise this and help strengthen this The Himalayan nation Nepal which has found innovative ways like radio to educate the masses talked of the need to bridge the generation gap between teachers and students to enable the rapid spread of good education The Minister of Education of Nepal Dina Nath Sharma thought his country had paved the way by creating a proper ICT Master Plan Sri Lanka too is well on its way of incorporating technology into education by launching its first National e learning portal As discussed on day one of the conference one of the great stumbling blocks that all South Asian nations face is the paucity of power supply to enable ICTs to work effectively Like in India the rural urban divide is often felt when children from rural areas are deprived of ICT education due to no power supply As Tharoor explained this problem can be tackled through usage of alternative sources of energy like solar energy As Debjani Ghosh Managing Director Intel South Asia put it when we think of education we need to think holistically Tharoor enlisted a couple of points that are on his ministry s agenda using ICTs as a lever to

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    two expert groups in its last meeting for preparation of an HR policy for e Governance headed by Nandan Nilekani and for NeGP chaired by Dr Sam Pitroda The recommendations of both the committees will be of immense benefit for fast tracking the implementation of all e Governance initiatives in the country The meeting reviewed the implementation of the recommendations of these committees The Committee also emphasized on issues like outcome orientation of e TAAL e Transactions Aggregation and Analysis Layer The portal is expected to enhance the outcome focus of e Governance programmes across the country Considering the requirement for an apex institution in the domain of capacity building training and R D for e Governance the Committee desired that a National e Governance Academy be established as a national institution The Committee also discussed how the emergence of new technologies concepts and platforms such as cloud computing mobile platform and the advent of Aadhaar can be leveraged to make the NeGP more effective and speed up its implementation Incorporating the latest technological advancements and new service delivery mechanisms in NeGP would usher the country into a new era of e governance It will be possible to provide ICT

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    with its strategic partner UNICEF awarded the ICT for the Welfare of Children thematic award to IVRS based daily monitoring system Mid Day meal authority Uttar Pradesh during the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum held in New Delhi The award comes under the Genpact NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours category and the winner was selected for introducing an innovative daily monitoring database system for tracking mid day meals in government schools The NASSCOM Foundation and UNICEF partnership is an effort to strategically apply Information Communication Technology ICT for promoting the rights and welfare of children The Foundation pioneered the NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours NSIH in 2008 to recognize and showcase innovation in the use of Information and Communication Technology ICT for development In the past years these innovations have included ideas applications tools businesses and processes that have transformative potential in delivery of services in education health livelihood and governance The distinguishing factor of NSIH is a complete focus on the use of ICT led innovations in enhancing social development initiatives across sectors The Honours seek to emphasize the pervasive nature of ICT in today s world and the immense potential it has in terms of refining processes the way products and services are made available and increasing their reach UNICEF recognizes the critical role that technology can play in developing and achieving the Millennium Development Goals especially in the context of the children of our country Through this partnership UNICEF will be able to further its goal and encourage companies to innovate and support the use of ICT in promoting the welfare of women and children and advocating for the fulfillment of their rights The partnership which is a win win for both will provide UNICEF with the opportunity to engage with a community of existing and potential change makers working

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    asked the universities to boost rural enrolment in higher education by arranging courses designed for students The Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has called upon universities to harness the potential of information and communication technology in designing curricula and improving the quality of course material to cater to growing needs of students Addressing the annual convocation of the Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU in New Delhi today Pranab Mukherjee said

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    Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Green Standards Week to advance smart sustainable cities 06 August 2013 Cities are the hubs of but urbanization can have adverse effects on the health of the environment and consequently that of citizens The 3rd ITU Green Standards Week is set to tackle an agenda featuring Smart Sustainable Cities e waste mobile device eco rating schemes and climate monitoring and disaster warning using submarine communications networks The 2013 event is being organized by ITU and hosted by Telefónica at its headquarters in Madrid Spain 16 20 September 2013 with partners comprising the Basel Convention CEDARE UNEP UNESCO IOC the United Nations University WMO and sponsors such as Huawei and Fujitsu Cities are the hubs of innovation that drive economic development but particularly in the early years of a city s growth urbanization can have adverse effects on the health of the environment and consequently that of citizens Governments businesses and technologists are devising ways to encourage a 21st century brand of urbanization that leverages ICTs to match technological and economic progress with improvements in environmental sustainability and social wellbeing Standardization is a means through which to ensure that smart city breakthroughs become accessible to

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    than any sector in human history The role of this annual symposium is to meet the challenge of measuring the rapid evolution of the sector and of making sure that ICT data statistics and indicators are internationally harmonized and internationally comparable said ITU Secretary General Dr Hamadoun I Touré in his closing address to delegates this afternoon Only by doing this can we paint a clear impartial and most importantly universal picture that will enable us to make meaningful comparisons and track the evolution of the ICT ecosystem ITU s work in global ICT statistics gathering and analysis is relied upon by policy makers around the world referenced by other influential institutions including the UN family of agencies the World Bank the IMF and the World Economic Forum and acted upon by a growing international community of investors For the first time this year the event featured a High Level opening day with three key debates around future post 2015 development frameworks the role of monitoring in building tomorrow s information society and strategies for enhancing multi stakeholder dialogue and national coordination in data collection It brought together expert speakers and panelists to share views and best practices and emphasized the importance of ensuring that ICTs are a cornerstone of the post 2015 development agenda as the catalyst of broad social and economic development This has been the best attended WTIS event to date which demonstrates the growing recognition of the importance of data and statistics in the ICT sector We look forward to seeing even greater participation next year said Brahima Sanou Director of ITU s Telecommunication Development Bureau ITU remains committed to this process and we look forward to continuing our work with the global community in this field as we move forward In his opening remarks to

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    a potential market of Rs 4 500 crore for assistive devices and disability products Neil Heslop Group Director Royal National Institute of Blind People UK RNIB said that technology was helping to bring the electronic devices within the reach of the poor people with disabilities World is seeing unprecedented technological changes The digital revolution is bringing immense possibilities It is a time for extraordinary opportunities and we need to translate those opportunities in practical meaningful change he said Stefan Sjöström Vice President Asia Public Sector Microsoft Corporation said that technology was a very powerful tool for enabling the disabled Microsoft showcases about 350 accessibility solutions in association with 250 partners across the world he said We spend 10 billion dollars a year in Research and Development which is three times as much as any other IT company At Superbowl this year which is known for its expensive advertising spots we at Microsoft issued a commercial that recognised the need for accessibility with the tagline technology has the power to unite us he said India s foremost disability rights activist Javed Abidi giving an example of government s apathy towards the disabled said that around 5000 government websites were still inaccessible to the disabled He rued that technology was supposed to be a great leveler but on the contrary it has ended up being discriminatory Talking about the importance of discussion and discourse for sensitizing people about the disabled he said There has hardly been any discourse on Technology Information Technology and Information Communication Technology vis a vis the disabled people in India he said Abidi lamented that the aids and assistive devices are not available to the masses as they are very expensive We need to promote such devices at a lower cost he said Talking about the Disability Rights

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