Cisco signed a memorandum of understanding Friday (march 12) with CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. for the delivery of various eGovernance services, including education and health care, to communities throughout India, including rural areas.
Toby Burton, vice president, Cisco Globalisation Centre East, outlines how Cisco is focusing on bringing education to rural communities in India.
The MoU was signed by Shankar Aggarwal, CEO, CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. and Naresh Wadhwa, president and country manager, Cisco India in the presence of John Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco; Wim Elfrink, chief globalisation officer and executive vice president, Cisco Services; R. Chandrashekhar, secretary, Department of Information Technology, government of India; and S. R. Rao, additional secretary, Department of Information Technology.
The Common Service Centres (CSC) program is a strategic cornerstone of the government of India’s National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) with 250,000 CSCs planned across 600,000 villages. The CSCs have the potential to offer Web-enabled e-governance services in rural areas as well as to provide high-quality and cost-effective video, voice and data content and services.
The education services will use the Cisco Remote Education Centre, an education platform hosted in the cloud with the ability to support 30,000 simultaneous classes. Powered by the Cisco WebEx on-demand collaboration solution, the Remote Education Centre platform brings the teacher, along with e-content, virtually to remote classrooms. It has been successfully piloted in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh and other geographies.
The health care services will be offered through the Cisco HealthPresence extended reach solution, a desktop-based telemedicine solution. HealthPresence can also be hosted in a cloud and support several thousand high-quality video-based telemedicine sessions simultaneously and has been successfully piloted in India, Africa, and Latin America. New delivery models for health care through the CSCs will help expand access to health care and manage access to information in a highly secure and reliable manner.
Remote education system in practice in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh
The Cisco Smart+Connected Communities initiative is designed to provide cities and communities with smart and connected solutions for utilities, safety and security, connected real estate, transportation, health care, learning, sports venues, and government services. By providing a network-enabled blueprint for successful ‘smart’ communities of the future, Smart+Connected Communities solutions help transform physical communities into connected communities that can help realize sustainable economic growth and GDP, enable environmental sustainability through resource management and operational efficiencies, and enhance quality of life for residents.
“I am very pleased that this innovative technology platform will bring high-quality health care and education services to villagers across India,” said R. Chandrashekhar, secretary of the Department of IT and Chairman of CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. “It’s very encouraging to see how two private sector companies are collaboratively building on the government’s substantial investment in IT infrastructure and bringing services to the common man through the Common Service Centres.”
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