An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Malappuram, India’s 1st e-literate district

This is a news article from Rediff. It is interesting to note the innovation on part of Tulip the Indian IT company to cover such a large and uneven land terrain with Wireless Internet at high speeds for the advantage of Rural folks!

This kind of project should be taken up at the scale of AMUL/NDDB etc. for it has the power to transform the Rural Areas of the country trremendously! Imagine the disruptive nature of timely and more information.. and later education on the age-old stuck polity of the country that such a connectivity can possibly unleash!

Most of us will not have heard of the Akshaya project. This isn’t because we haven’t been paying attention — most of the people of Kerala, outside of the Malappuram district, where the project is based, have not heard of it either.

Within Malappuram, however, it is changing lives daily, in a very real and exciting way.

In November 2002, the state government of Kerala put into place a project, piloted in Malappuram, that aimed for one person in every family to be computer literate in that district.

One year later, the scheme had already found success — over 500 Akshaya centres (basically computer labs) had been built throughout the district, and a village, Chemaravattom, was already fully computer literate (perhaps the first of its kind in the world).

 

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