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Bijon and Kruti have started a non-profit organization called InteractiveKarma earlier this year after a lot of research into the field ICT and Development. The organization's mission is to support, champion, and develop innovative uses of information and communication technologies for social and economic upliftment in India. Please feel free to check us out at Our belief is that NGOs should use a more collaborative approach to better leverage scarce resources. We have designed InteractiveKarma on what we call the "Networked NGO Model", says Bijon.

James D Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank, signed the MoU for two IFC projects that would be undertaken with NIIT.

The memorandum of understanding is to invest in a Rs. 4 billion Student Loan Program launched by Citibank, for students of NIIT enrolling in the 3-year iGNIIT program. The student loan project would extend access to information technology education by financing tuition fees.

The second project dubbed "Hole in the Wall", aims to discover how much poor children in slums and rural areas of India can learn from a web-based curriculum through a purpose-built Internet kiosk. NIIT has recently conducted experiments to determine if illiterate slum children could use the Internet without any instruction. By giving them access to a connected computer, NIIT observed their quick learning abilities and their interest in developing knowledge. The "Hole in the Wall" project will strive to improve education for poor children with a minimal level of intervention. This learning tool ensures equal access to girls.

The rapidly spreading use of the Internet in India is mostly restricted to the more affluent in metropolitan areas which creates a large knowledge gap in society, said Mr. Pawar. This project will strive to broaden the access to Internet and education to children of all social classes. NIIT was founded in 1981 with a mission to bring computers and people together successfully. Since then, it claims to have trained over 1 million Indians in computer skills. NIIT currently has about 2,000 education centers across India and about 320,000 students enrolled. It is among the largest education and training organizations in the world.

Details from Neelam Madan, Corporate Communications
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Check out for info on using the Net and IT for the rural part of Planet Earth.

MediaReality-L is an e-discussion on The Appropriation of Traditional and New Media for Development hosted by the FAO Communication for Development Group Extension, Education and Communication Service.

The aim of the e-discussion is to provide a place where participants can share their knowledge, experiences, information, about practices, projects, methodologies, theories, and research on the appropriation of local (traditional, folk and popular) and new media (Information Communication Technologies, ICTs) for development.

To join send an e-mail to indicating your full name, institutional affiliation, position, mailing address, and country of residence.

The Indian National Trust for the Welfare of Tribals (INTWOT) plans to get 125 computers from WORLD COMPUTER EXCHANGE in May 2001 for Jharkhand, (a tribal region in India that has recently been carved out into a new province). Besides providing computers to different schools, we are planning to start an e-commerce venture too. Its very challenging because in our target area, we do not have electricity and internet connectivity. Education level is also very poor. People's products also need some finishing touch. In short, we have to manage each and every thing. But I think our courage can prove a step in reversing the urbanization. For this endeavor we need above mentioned three types of support. If you feel that my work falls in your objectives then please respond on

LINUX FOR KIDS is a mailing-list that seeks to understand how the 'free' operating system, Linux, can be relevant for schoolchildren too.

S-Asia-IT, a mailing/discussion list for IT developments in South Asia -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka -- is intended to provide a forum for those interested in the development and use of information technology in the South Asian context. Our specific interest is in advancing information technologies to support equitable social and economic development in the region, recognising that the development of information and communication technologies, particularly internet connectivity, are important tools in this work by activists, donors, NGOs, government and the private sector.
To subscribe the S-Asia-IT mailing list send mail to the address <> with the following command in the body of e-mail message: subscribe s-asia-it
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The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the availability of new summer fellowships for innovative research on information technology (IT), international cooperation and global security. PhD students and faculty from any academic discipline and of any nationality may apply. These in-residence fellowships, for summer 2001, are designed for researchers who currently work on cooperation and security issues and who want to explore the role and impact of IT in this area; or for researchers who work on IT and want to explore its relationship to cooperation and security.
For more information and an application:
Email: <> /

WATER SITE: The International Water Law Project (IWLP) announces the launching of its new dedicated and redesigned website. Located at, the new IWLP website features a tremendous amount of information pertaining to the regulation, allocation, management, and conservation of transboundary freshwater resources.

The Internet Societal Task Force ( is a non-profit organization established with help from the Internet Society (, whose mission is to "assure the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world".

One of the ISTF Working Groups (WG) focuses on free/open source/public software and intellectual property issues. As part of our activities we try to contact groups around the world working on similar issues and document efforts to promote free software at the policy level. We would be very interested in contacting people with similar interests in your country. In particular we look for information on:

* government efforts to adopt free software

* computer science courses that use free software

* activist groups or individuals interested in free software

* policies regarding software patents and standards

S. (Sam) Kritikos Email:

Kabissa is a space on the Internet for the African non-profit sector. We seek to promote African organisations through the Internet and support them in their effort to take advantage of Information and Communications Technologies, and in particular the Internet, as a means for achieving their humanitarian objectives. Among our goals is to help lower operating costs for African non-profits by ensuring they get the "best commercial deal" on ICT and Internet services and on their terms. We operate on the principles of inclusiveness and collaboration, and invite large and small organizations and initiatives that share our goals to join Kabissa as members and partners. For more information and to get in touch, visit or write to

Visit an Indian health-related site:

World Computer Exchange
World Computer Exchange, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to ship donated new and used, working Internet-accessible computers to formal and informal schools in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Students in these schools are partnered on-line with interested schools in industrialized countries.

McConnell International McConnell International manages a global, electronic, action-oriented, Information Technology Coordination mailing list under the auspices of the United Nations Working Group on Informatics. Many of the nearly 120 participating countries have developed excellent web pages to promote electronic governance and "e- society."

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