Published On:22 March 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Madhya Pradesh joins National Knowledge Network

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Bharatiya Janata Party ruled Madhya Pradesh has also joined National Knowledge Network today (March 21, 2012) with a view to becoming a mainstream state by availing benefit of worldwide information technology and development of technical knowledge in various sectors.

Madhya Pradesh Information Technology Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya launched this new technical facility at Vindhyachal Bhavan here on Wednesday (March 21, 2012). According to him, the State Government wishes that this facility should reach the primary health centres in the rural areas. He said that every possible effort will be made to ensure that patients get treatment of medical colleges at their homes.

The facility of National Knowledge Network developed by NIC will be made available to institutions only. It will be free of cost. Applications for the same will be accepted at the state headquarters of NIC from where they will be referred to central headquarters in New Delhi. An empowered committee over there will give green signal to connectivity after going through the application. This free of cost connectivity will be for 10 years. Besides the Union Government, cooperation in this project is also being extended by the State Government. Besides allocation of land for running the network, NOC has also been issued.

Mr. Vijayvargiya described the network presently introduced in the education sector as very useful. He also said that a major achievement can be made in all-round development by making this facility available to people. If this network is made available to primary health centre grappling with shortage of doctors, then the staff posted there can treat a patient by consulting doctors of Bhopal and Indore medical colleges through video-conferencing. Not only this, but drugs can also be made available through telemedicine. He said that the State Government is ready to participate in this process. With this in view, he minutely observed methods of networking and also asked necessary questions.

Simultaneously with the launch of the network, a workshop on its technical features and facilities was also held where stakeholders from all over the state were provided necessary information. The workshop was inaugurated by Additional Chief Secretary Mr. R. Parshuram. He said that it is a matter of satisfaction and pride that 33 various educational institutions of Madhya Pradesh have joined the network in initial phase itself. He said that this network has proved true the tales written in ancient scriptures about divine powers simultaneously reaching several places and to a large number of people.

Mr. Parshuram said that the State Government will discharge the responsibility of providing service by considering it as a challenge. This e-system has already been used successfully to online registration of 14 lakh farmers for wheat procurement on support price and sending pre-procurement SMS to them. He said that this network will be made available to every school and primary health centre in the state in the years to come. The State Government will take full advantage of the network in the larger interests of people of Madhya Pradesh.

Additional Chief Secretary Food Mr. Antony D’souza said that this is an important network, which inter-connects information technology services. Possibilities have increased to use this new technology in other sectors as well. It is a platform through which several problems of people will be solved.

Through video-conferencing of National Knowledge Network, participants of the workshop held at Academy of Administration at Bhopal interacted with NIC Director based in New Delhi and office-bearers of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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