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ICT FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Today, India is vibrant with innovative ideas in the field of usage of Information Technology and is keen to see that the fruits of this new technology brings happiness into their life.

Current Projects

Previously Done Projects

 

About Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Amol Chandrabhan Goje

Research Work

Ph.D. ‘Interactive Voice Response System for Rural Population’ awarded in MAY 2003.

Fellowship

 ASHOKA Foundation USA       Click Here

Awards

Marathwada Gaurav ( for IT initiative)

Selected as a finalists for Stockholm Challenge Award

Qualification

SET (Computer Science) in July 1996

M.Tech. (one semester), 1993

M.Sc. (Computer Science) Marathwada University, Aurangabad 71.04% July 1992

B.E. (Electronics & Telecommunication) Marathwada University, Aurangabad 64.86% August 1989

Teaching Experience

 

Under Graduate

Designation
From
To
Period Engaged
Nature of Appointment
Approved or Not
Name of Institute
Lecturer 1993 1996 B.Sc. I, II,III Visiting N.A. Vivekanand CollegeAurangabad

Post Graduate

Designation
From
To
Period Engaged
Nature of Appointment
Approved or Not
Name of Institute
Lecturer 1992 1993 M.Sc. I,II Probation Yes Dnyanopasak College Parbhani
Lecturer 1993 1996 M.Sc. I,II Permanent Yes Vivekanand College Aurangabad
Lecturer 1993 1996 M.Sc. I,II Visiting Yes Dr. B.A.M.University Aurangabad
Lecturer 1993 1996 M.Sc. I,II Visiting Yes Institute of Science Aurangabad
Lecturer 1996 1998 M.Sc. I,II Permanent Yes Dr. B.A.M. University Aurangabad
Director 1998 Till date M.C.A. & Engineering Permanent Yes V.I.I.T. Baramati

 

Other Experience

  • Hardware Maintenance
  • Software Maintenance
  • Assembly of Computers
  • Software Development
  • System Management

Contribution to Education Innovation

* Development of Computer Laboratory at D.S.M. Parbhani
* Development of Computer Laboratory at Vivekanand College Aurangabad
* Development of Computer Laboratory at Balbhim College, Beed
* Development of Computer Laboratory at Adarsh College Hingoli
* Development of Computer Laboratory at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Auranagabad
* Development of the Internet facility for University teachers and Research Fellow at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Auranagabad
* Developed the entire Institute & Engineering College of VIIT, Baramati with new standards, which is a Bench Mark for others.

 

Design of New Courses / Curricula

* Member of Maharashtra State Advisory Committee for IT course of Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE)
* Member of Board of Studies for Computer Science Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Auranagabad
* Member of ' Network Connectivity Committee' of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Auranagabad
* Member of Board of Studies for Computer Science Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded
* Member of Board of Studies for Computer Science Yashawantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik

Memberships

* Member of the Advisory Committee - IT task force Govt. of Maharashtra
* Member of the 'Experts Committee - Technical' of Kumbha Mela - 2003 Nashik

Details of Research Papers Published

* § Publish several articles in Marathi daily news papers on IT education and IT for rural.
* Submitted the thesis paper on "IVR System for Rural Population" in IEEE Journal

Details of Seminars Delivered

* University Library System organized by Dr.B.A.M.U., Aurangabad
* Internet Nuts and Bolts organized by Dr.B.A.M.U., Aurangabad
* Achieving Connectivity for the Rural Poor India - International Conference organized by World Bank, Digital Partners & VIIT
* Second Annual Baramati Initiative on ICT and Development - International Conference organized by Media Lab Asia, Digital Partners & VIIT
* Third Annual Baramati Initiative on ICT and Development - International Conference organized by Digital Partners & VIIT
* World Summit on Information Society - Gender Caucus organized by UNESCO, UNIFEM, UNDP, UNICEF, Ministry of Communication and IT, Datamation India

 

Resource Person for

* University College teachers training programme sponsored by U.G.C.
* National level Workshop on Microprocessor sponsored by D.S.T.
* Computer Awareness Programme for Department of Telecom Engineers
* UGC Refresher Course for Teachers held at Shivaji University Kolhapur

 

Details of Research

* Interactive Voice Response System for Rural Population'

Projects Undertaken

* Empowering the Poor : A Pilot ICT Program for Rural Areas of Pune District' funded by Japan Social Development Fund administrated by World Bank

 

Software Development

* University Examination System for Dr. B.A.M. University, Auranagabad
* University Library System for Dr. B.A.M. University, Auranagabad
* B.Ed. Admission System for Dr. B.A.M. University, Auranagabad
* School Children's Health Database System
* Village Information Database Management System
* ERP system for College Administration (Web Based)
* Library System using Bar Code Technology
* Development of IVR based solutions for Information Dissemination
* Artificial Rain Project of Government of Maharashtra
* Development of SMART CARD based solution for Rural Market / Milk Co-operatives / Agriculture Co-operative /Colleges / Schools etc. (Under Process)
* FM Radio System for Information Dissemination for Rural Area (Under Process)

Co-curricular and extra curricular activities carried out

* Conducting regular Blood Donation camps in Baramati for Baramati Blood Bank.
* Formation of Vivekanand Mission team for rural development. We formed the groups of the students of our college to participate in this activity. They visit the nearby villages and spread the general information about health, education, rules and regulations, government policies etc. to the villagers. Child labor elimination and Child education, malnutrition awareness and Child health are other key areas where this mission focuses on.

 

Contribution to IT Education innovation

E-literacy IT-Education

Promote computer literacy and IT enabled education for rural school children: 100 schools will be selected to pilot computer literacy as well as IT enabled educational packages. The schools will be selected to ensure maximum access to rural children who would otherwise not have access to computer education.

Training of trainers / teachers: Implementation of the pilot in schools would require training of school teachers (two for each school selected) who would be primarily responsible for IT activities in their respective school as well as training of trainers afterwards

Training of IT paraprofessionals: About 500 paraprofessional, primarily unemployed youth, senior citizens, widows, handicapped and others vulnerable groups will be trained in computers to help provide a variety of computer services promoted under the pilot. Once trained, the paraprofessionals can help in content creation & operation of Information kiosks.

Curriculum development and content creation: In order to increase the efficiency of existing teaching learning methodology, IT is the best tool available. The idea is to develop the local language contents (digitization) for the subjects like History, Geography, Math, Science etc for students of secondary and higher secondary school.

 

E-Commerce

The pilot will help exploit latent commercial potential in the rural areas of Pune district and increase profitability and viability of existing enterprises (membership cooperatives). Commercial web portals would be developed to facilitate better marketing of local products and services ("community to business" and "business to business") as well as promote easier procurement of products and services from outside ("business to community"). Commercial feasibility studies would be conducted to explore the potential for marketing local goods and services in Pune city and other demand centers. The following initiatives are proposed:

* Extend the use of IT to increase productivity and efficiency of existing production / processing / marketing systems, (sugar, milk, orchards, poultry): System management models will be developed with the objective of increasing the productivity of existing processes in the sugar, milk, horticulture and poultry sectors. This would include development of MIS systems for local businesses (member payment systems, inventory control etc) as well as production process planning and control systems (weigh bridge, boilers, packaging etc.). The pilot would help estimate the potential increase in productivity that can be accomplished by introducing system improvements.

* Assess feasibility of marketing local products and services: Consumer and producer surveys will be conducted as part of the pilot to roughly assess the potential for marketing local products and services. The surveys will help identify products and services with the maximum potential and make back-end recommendations to improve quality or modify product characteristics to suit consumer preferences

* Create IT enabled content to develop web portals to stimulate latent marketing potential for local products and services: A web-based portal will be prepared to help market local products and services in Pune and other demand centers. The potential for linking up with similar existing portals in Pune will be explored and a dedicated portal will be proposed, if considered necessary. The pilot will recommend mechanisms and arrangements for regular update of the web portal. The pilot could also help establish subsidiary marketing links with large consumers, and explore the possibility' of developing dedicated web portals for aggregating commodity supply and linking demand centers (with price tracking) in real time through dedicated portals.

* Create necessary infrastructure and technology to promote IT based commerce: - This subcomponent would require further strengthening of VIIT to undertake additional commercial initiatives and building IT infrastructure in other rural areas of Baramati. Technology up gradation would need to take place in key industries and enterprises participating in the new business model. Multi-services kiosks and franchises would to be established in different parts of Baramati sub-district.

* Streamline input supply to rural areas for reducing costs and delays: - The pilot will explore the potential for regulating purchase of goods and services from outside areas with the objective of increasing efficiency and decreasing costs. This could be accomplished by aggregating demand for goods at services at the sub-district level, placing orders to least cost suppliers, developing logistics support for physical supply of goods and services etc.

 

E-Governance

A major bottleneck to growth in rural areas is the slow delivery of essential government services. Lack of efficient government services at the local level has an impact on the initiative of local entrepreneurs who are constantly confronted with delays and other structural constraints. The pilot will help streamline local service delivery through information technology, to the extent possible, focusing on provision of essential application forms, requisition of essential medical and security services, and computerization of essential government records. The pilot assesses how information technology can be employed to help improve governance. This will be accomplished through:

Computerization of key public utilities (electricity, telephone etc. credit cards for farmers): Billing and payment collection can be streamlined through creation of "farmer cards" with electronic accounts of farmers' dues and revenues, which can be used to pay bills and purchase consumer products and cooperative stores. Essential information of interest to farmers, such as rate quotes, weather reports etc. can be provided at the local informal ion kiosks for easy access.

Computerization of government records (land records, tax records, asset ownership records): The pilot will attempt to computerize essential land, tax and asset ownership records, at the district and the sub-district level. Essential census information can also be made available to local offices for credential verification purposes

Facilitating access to services and entitlements (health services, forms for IRDP, ration cards, pension): Essential services, such as emergency health assistance, payment of various types of government pension etc. can be streamlined as part of the pilot. A variety of forms that are required for obtaining essential government services, such as those for obtaining IRDP loans, ration cards, etc. will be accessed locally with a small fee. The pilot will also assess the feasibility of requisitioning emergency health and police services through the Internet.

Consultancy work Carried out

1. Working as a consultant for Y.C.M.O.U. Nashik.
2. Worked as a consultant for development of Laboratory at Balbhim College Beed.
3. Worked as a consultant for development of Laboratory at Science College,Hingoli
4. Worked as a consultant for development of IT institute and Engg. College at Vidya Pratishthan Baramati.
5. Worked as a consultant for development of Computer Laboratory at Shivnagar Vidya Prasarak Mandal, Malegaon.
6. Worked as a consultant for development of University Computer Infrastructure of Dr. B.A.M.U., Aurangabad.
7. Working as a consultant for several co-operative sectors since last five years.