Published on April 23rd, 2010 | by Babar Bhatti4
First E-Village Starts Operation in Pakistan
The concept of E-village has been discussed in email groups for a while. Recently the first “E-Village” has been launched, courtsey of various organizations and hard work by a few key passionate people. The village of Mira Bagwal has been wired with 2 MB Broad Band internet connection and provided access to medical professionals.
Here are the details, according to an email update from Chief Coordinator Pakistan Social Association (PSA) Amar Jaffery:
In an impressive ceremony in Mera Bagwal ( 30 KM away from Islamabad ) all stake holders joined hands together under the umbralla of project “E-Village” to work together for a common cause that use of ICTs for development.
The remote village of Capital City Mira Bagwal has been provided 2 MB Broad Band internet connection and its people have been given the facility of video conferencing to take advice from specialist doctors in case of any problem.
While USF has approved two MB broad band connection, Intel declared to provide twenty laptops and two desktop PCs, Cisco has decided to estabalish training lab in the villages. Two universities have come
forward to extend support through their final year students to promote education in Villages. On-line libaries, tele-medecines and number of technolog based initiatives are in pipeline.
Now to replicate all above in different parts of Pakistan, we are looking for partner organizations who have some base in villages and with little support at a collective level they can join the NEW REVOULATION of ICT4D.