The Jig Saw

Friday, February 24, 2006

GramIT - Rural BPO

The Byrraju Foundation has taken an initiative to set up a rural BPO unit called GramIT in village Jallikakinada (22 km from Bhimavaram) that employs 100 rural youth, drawn from this and the surrounding villages, using the last mile connectivity provided by Project Ashwini. The Foundation plans to set up one such BPO for every ten villages in the next phase and will thereafter increase the number of GramITs. GramIT currently provides transaction-processing services to Indian corporates and government departments.

Way to go GramIT!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

India's first multilingual accounting software developed

This picture was taken recently on one of my field trips to a village (population 5000 -7000) in Tamil Nadu. I was kind of fascinated to find posters advertising Tally classes in the village. Seems like a large number of young girls who seek work in small town around their village.

With many more people who are not comfortable in English - Tally in Indian languages might be a new opportunity for employment!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

MS Announces Rural IT Initiative

Microsoft India today unveiled a scalable and self sustaining kiosk model initiative, aimed at taking the benefits of IT to rural parts of the country.

A public private initiative, christened 'Saksham', Microsoft will additionally develop a rural portal powered with content and applications aimed specifically for the rural segment, by working with regional and local ISVs to accelerate the adoption of these services.

"We will set up 50,000 kiosks across India over the next three years. This is a great start, but is
only the tip of the iceberg. Our larger aim will be to touch more than 50 percent of the rural population within three years.