Introducing ICT to the Rural Sector of a Developing Economy: A Case Study of India

Mrs Angana Sengupta,
Dr Jayanta Chatterjee
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Knowledge societies have been identified as those nodes where ICT is used as a tool to dynamise the knowledge embedded in The ICT systems along with the creative potential embodied within the people. The idea is neither total transformation nor demise of the existing society. Rather this marks the implementation of a new revolution, where knowledge has become the modus operandi which requires to be aided by technology, such that people can design and implement it suiting the respective social and economic needs.

However, in developing economies the potential of ICTs are being realised. But, as happens in most of these nations, any kind of technology becomes the forte of the urban population. This is because the requirements of establishing an ICT facilitated centre requires certain basic infrastructure, that is till date not easily available on cheap credit. Thus establishment of knowledge societies have been restricted to urban nodes and penetration to the rural sector has not yet occurred in most of the Indian villages. The rural-urban divide needs to be narrowed, which must not be misconstrued by the fact that work participation rate in agriculture has to be reduced. Rather the objective should be to promote the concept of knowledge society practicably to the rural masses such that even for a developing economy ICT can promote itself a Global Information Infrastructure.

In this paper, we propose a model called the Village Knowledge Centre, which incorporates the basic idea of a knowledge society, i.e., taking the help of ICT to dynamise and mobilise the embedded knowledge within the rural sector, the end result of which would be to generate employment to the rural poor. A feasibility study has also been conducted such that the rural banks can be convinced to forward soft credit to the interested people of the villages.

Keywords: ICT, Knowledge Society, Developing Economies, Rural
Stream: Economics and Management
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Introducing ICT to the Rural Sector of a Developing Economy

Mrs Angana Sengupta

Research Scholar, Centre for Urban Economic Studies, University of Calcutta
Calcutta, West Bengal, India

I was born on the 13th day of December, 1974. I am the only child of my parents. I got married on the 8th day of August, 2003. I had a son on the 8th day of December, 2004. I am a masters from the university of Calcutta and am presently pursuin my doctorate in philosophy from the same university and my area of strength or specialisation is urban economics with special emphasis on ICT. I am also a french diploma holder from L'Alliance Francaise, India. My other areas of interest incluse pleasnt discourse on academic or non-academic subjects, reading books from a wide range of fiction or non-fictional subjects and I am an avid sports lover and yes, I love to travel and learn new languages, culture and traditions. My next love is history, and I believe that without history nobody can survive. I have a pleasant disposition and I love to mingle with people. Why I want to be a participant in this seminar is because I have had some socila experince when I was working for a NGO for almost a year in India.

Dr Jayanta Chatterjee

Professor, Industrial Management and Engineering, Indan Institute of Technology
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

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