Indian Telecentre Forum

  • Introduction

    Of the numerous efforts at making information and communication technologies (ICTs) a tool for socio-economic development and in pursuit of a knowledge society, telecentres have apparently been playing a dominant role. Telecentres, also known by various names such as information centres, knowledge centres, info-kiosks, community service centres, etc, as they provide services in the areas of health, education, public service delivery, social security services and livelihoods, hold tremendous promise for bridging the digital divide – the key barrier in reaching the twin but interrelated goals of achieving socio-economic development and knowledge society.

    India is home to one of the largest number of ICT4D initiatives in the world, and the telecentre landscape in India is bubbling with new energy after the launch of the national programme to set up 100,000 Common Service Centres, and it is the appropriate time to take stock of the developments. Indian Telecentre Forum 2009, organised by Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS), in its sixth year, is going to do just that by providing an opportunity to telecentre stakeholders, both regional as well as global, to meet and deliberate on the issues facing the telecentre movement, the journey till now, and devise new plans for the future. This forum, expected to follow a consultative mode, will also act as a platform to share experiences in order to come up with tangible solutions to the the issues raised.

    Key Themes

    • A Review of the CSC Programme (A status update)
    • Telecentre Movement in India: Issues, Lessons and Best Practices
    • Capacity Building and Academy India: The Task Ahead
    • NEGP and Other National Level Development Programmes vis-a-vis the Telecentre Movement
    • People’s Participation and telecentres: The Indian Experience
    • Telecentres in the Age of Mobile Phones
    • Content, Services, and Connectivity: Taking Stock of the Indian scenario
    • Knowledge Sharing Among the Telecentre Stakeholders
    • Localisation of Content, Services, and Grassroots Innovation

    Who will attend

    • Telecentre Leaders and Telecentre Practitioners
    • Technology Service Providers
    • Social Investors
    • Researchers and Project Implementers
    • Private Sector Investors
    • Government Implementers
    • Funding Agencies
    • Content Developers and Consultants
    • Community Mobilisers



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