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E-help for rural kids

Ranchi, Sept. 12: More use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in governance and education in the state is the need of the hour.

So, said experts and government officials during the inaugural session of a two-day conference organised by Digital Empowerment Foundation and Jharkhand Agency for Promotion of Information Technology.

The conference on the role of digital content & services in governance and education discussed how ICT-enabled services have an impact on overall governance and education.

Experts suggested ways to make IT education accessible to all schools and help them reap benefits of computerisation at the village level.

The grand jury of the Manthan Award South Asia 2008, comprising 20-odd IT experts, expressed their willingness to lend a supporting hand to the state government in deciding digital content from the software available for a particular field. Jharkhand’s registry department, treasuries, welfare department and prisons — which have been adequately using ICT services — have been nominated for the Manthan Award South Asia 2008. The awards are to be given out this October in Delhi.

Deputy chief minister Stephen Marandi inaugurated the session attended by IT department principal secretary R.S. Sharma, Jharkhand Agency for Promotion of Information Technology director Sunil Kumar Barnwal, HRD and home secretary J.B. Tubid, principal secretary of registration department Sudhir Prasad and urban development secretary Shailesh Kumar Singh among others.

Barnwal said that the focus of the seminar was digital content and jury members irrespective of the companies they represented would give unbiased suggestions for choosing the right software.

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