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Video-conferencing service in villages

Advisor, ITTE, Vikho-o Yhoshü with officials of ITTE and Bharti Airtel at the launch of video conferencing facility over V-SAT at ITTE office, Thursday. (NP)
KOHIMA, Correspondent:
Published on 5 Sep. 2008 12:20 AM IST
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In a progressive step in bringing people closer through technology, the Department of Information Technology and Technical Education in collaboration with Bharti Airtel launched a pilot project of video conferencing facility over V-SAT, Thursday. The service was installed in three sites, namely the central site at ITTE office, and two sample sites at Kigwema and Tuophema. Basing on its positive outcome, the project would be launched permanently in districts and villages in Nagaland. Hitherto, the video conferencing facility is on trial demo for one month. Launching the pilot project at the central site at ITTE office, Vikho-o Yhoshü, Advisor, ITTE, said that implementation of the project in all the villages would be a milestone. Multi video conferencing with the people of Tuophema and Kigwema over V-SAT, Vikho-o Yhoshü urged that the people need to be taught computer skills and the functions of the facility. Manager- Enterprises Sales Enterprise, Airtel, Mridul Barman stated that it was a device where many locations could be connected over V-SAT. Asserting on the geographical constrain in Nagaland, Barman said that the service was a good alternative for e-learning in education field, health, disaster management, etc. With the use of the portal, farmers would know about the price of commodities without taking a journey to the capital, he added. Stating that the service had been successfully implemented in 13,000 villages in Gujarat, Barman expressed hope that it would benefit the people in Nagaland. Secretary, ITTE, Abhishek Singh asserted that the service should be more than mere talking or seeing, but beneficial to the people at large. He assured that more facilities would be provided according to the needs of the people. Interacting with the officials, members from Tuophema village and Kigwema village thanked the government for providing such facility to their villages. They also appealed to the department to train them on the functions of the service. In connection to this, a training programme would be conducted through V-SAT in both the sample sites to orient the youth with the facilities provided.

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