Intel and IL&FS join hands

Intel announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), as a part of its World Ahead Program, to take PC accessibility and education to rural India. Under this MoU, Intel will work with IL&FS to address capacity buildings; ecosystem enabling and technology support to more than 100,000 ICT enabled CSC’s reaching over 650,000 villages across the country.

“We are pleased to announce our collaboration with IL&FS as we extend our capabilities and technologies to the CSC project in India. Through this collaboration we will provide access, connectivity, education and content under the World Ahead Program to thousands of villages across India, building on this progressive endeavor by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology,” said John McClure, Director-Marketing, Intel South Asia.

IL&FS is the National Level Service Agency of the Common Service Centre(CSC) project under the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Intel will provide IL&FS education consultancy to identify relevant ICT enabled education programs which can be offered to the community through the CSC and will offer for deployment, the Intel Learn Program, Intel’s project based community development program. Intel will also provide IL&FS consultancy services for integrated applications Service Delivery at CSC’s, help identify other areas of services and enable ecosystem development.

In addition to the above, Intel will offer advisory services for wireless implementation towards a rural broadband program, as requisitioned by IL&FS. The company will also council on hardware requirements for the CSC’s and will enable its OEM network to provide solutions and support.

As per the press release, through these efforts, Intel is working with IL&FS to support the development goals of the CSC program as it works towards accelerating technological transformation across 6,50,000 villages in India, creating new economic and social networks. Through its World Ahead Program, Intel plans to extend access to PCs with high-speed Internet connections to millions of citizens and train 1 million teachers in India on the effective use of technology in the classroom. As a result, Intel expects to help more than 30 million students across India by 2008.

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