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  • TERI sets up Solar Powered ICT Knowledge Center in Rural Gurgaon: Rakesh Gupta, Dy Commissioner, Gurgaon Inaugurates Knowledge Centre at Gual pahari, Gurgaon

    4 October 2007

    Treading ahead with initiatives towards nurturing and building capacities amongst village communities, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) gave rural Gurgaon its first ever Solar Powered ICT knowledge Center.

    The TERI Solar powered Knowledge Centre was inaugurated at Gual pahari, Gurgaon by Shri Rakesh Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon. Also present on this occasion were Dr R K Pachauri, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Mr Raghu Rai, Ace photographer of India, Rtd. Subedar Shri Deepchand, the Knowledge Center entrepreneur, Mr Saroj Kumar, village representatives and school children.

    In his speech, Mr Gupta outlined the use of information and communication technology as a tool for development of the villages. He mentioned that this center will be particularly useful in-terms of accessing e-government services like land-record, accessing government forms, accessing procedures, etc. This village youth driven initiative is one of its kind and the Dy Commissioner promised support for 50 such initiatives in the district. He appreciated TERIs efforts in designing a environmentally sound model which uses solar power solution to run the center. Mr Gupta emphasized that this knowledge center will be a boon for children education, nurturing their levels of understanding in the fast moving world. The Dy Commissioner also stressed the need for Information leading to Knowledge Management which needs to be properly utilized by the people.

    The highlight of the IT Knowledge Centre is its capacity of providing clean and reliable power solutions to a variety of rural applications, through a Hybrid Universal Solar Power Pack developed by TERI that uses solar energy to charge batteries and provide reliable power for appliances like computers etc.

    "Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in disseminating, managing and advancing knowledge for overall development of rural communities is indisputable. However, one of the major challenges in achieving a wider spread of ICT initiatives in rural India is the dismal state of rural electrification. This Knowledge Centre developed by TERI has an objective of providing clean and reliable power solutions to a variety of rural applications and we intend to make it a nation-wide phenomenon", said Dr R K Pachauri, Director General, TERI.

    This centre will be the hub of development for Gual Pahari and the adjoining villages. Run by a local entrepreneur, this knowledge center will provide various fee and non-fee based services to the local rural population using the power of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) as a tool. The IT Knowledge center will provide services like computer education, Internet services, Desk Top Publishing, library, Spoken English and agricultural information to the local rural population in and around the vicinity.

    The uniqueness of this solar powered center lies in the fact that it pulls the community towards itself by offering services like water testing solution, sale of culinary herbs and solar products (torches and lantern), natural resource management and a small library for children. The centre will also be a meeting ground for the farmers for information on agriculture produces and also exchange ideas and knowledge with the TERI experts on a wide range of subjects.

    TERI is aiming to set-up more of these centers in different geographies and serve the population around the catchment area of the geography with its expertise knowledge and services, especially in renewable energy's. This solar powered hybrid battery technology has been piloted at a few locations across the length and breadth of India and has been found to successfully provide an average backup of 4-6 hrs in the absence of electricity. It is useful for rural ICT initiatives as well as for other applications which depend critically on reliable power supply such as rural banking, health clinics, water purification etc.
    Through the various knowledge centers, TERI aims to use "pull" mechanisms (capacity building, local services, vocational training, etc.) - which pull the people to the knowledge center rather than "push" mechanism (sale of insurance, mobile cards, etc.) which are services that strive more on sales.