The central government has entrusted IIIT-A to develop IT institutions in 54 countries of Africa.
This information was given by IIIT-A director MD Tiwari at the inauguration of a two-day seminar on rural empowerment through ICT organized by IIIT-A at its extension campus — Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Information Technology, Amethi (RGIIT).
He said four blocks Bhadar, Bhetua, Amethi and Sangrampur have been covered in the first phase of Discovery Park, a project launched by Human Resource and Development Ministry. Around 26,650 families have benefited through e-agriculture, Biodiesel, Biofuels and Bioinformatics.
“We plan to set up a cyber centre, e-vocal education, employment generation, rural e-enterprise, rural healthcare including oncology and infrastructure development for rural India in the second phase of Discovery Park in Amethi,” Tiwari added.
A Tele-Medicine centre has already started functioning at Amethi campus with the collaboration of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Medical Sciences, Lucknow as a part of Discovery Park. The facilities for colour scanning, video conferencing, internet connectivity for exchange of information between Amethi campus and SGPGI have been provided for common people.
Dr CM Pandey from SGPGI Lucknow said lot of developmental activities have been undertaken in rural areas like education, health care and agriculture but expected results are yet to be visible because of faulty policy framing, corruption and lack of commitment.
Seminar convenor Prof GN Pandey presented a report on several programmes of Discovery Park in Amethi and hoped coming years would be beneficial for farmers residing in nearby area.
AK Pandey, principal scientist, Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR), Varanasi and Jagveer Rawat from Haryana Agriculture University spoke on agriculture and animal husbandry for rural empowerment while RA Ram, principal scientist, Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture (CISH) presented his views on Horticulture for Rural Empowerment.
DK Tandon and Prof RK Pathak of CISH spoke on post harvest processing. Besides participants, a large number of farmers were also present on the occasion. (The Times of India)