BMGF do­nates over $4m to Nasscom Foun­da­tion

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

WASH­ING­TON: Nasscom Foun­da­tion on Mon­day said it has re­ceived a grant of $4.78 mil­lion from Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion (BMGF) to strengthen pub­lic li­braries in In­dia with ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy, train­ing and ad­vo­cacy.

Nasscom Foun­da­tion has launched In­dian Pub­lic Li­brary Move­ment (IPLM), a multi-stake­holder ef­fort to re­vi­tal­ize and trans­form pub­lic li­braries into in­clu­sive knowl­edge and in­for­ma­tion cen­tres. In­dian pub­lic li­braries can make ben­e­fits of tech­nol­ogy ac­ces­si­ble to mil­lions of In­di­ans who do not cur­rently have ac­cess to com­put­ers and the In­ter­net, Nasscom Foun­da­tion said in a state­ment.

Th­ese can also pro­vide train­ing on us­ing tech­nol­ogy to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion that im­proves lives, it added. "The In­dian Pub­lic Li­brary Move­ment will draw strength from the pres­ence of a strong pub­lic li­brary net­work in In­dia, the com­mit­ted lead­er­ship demon­strated by part­ners, and the on­go­ing sup­port for pub­lic ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy through the govern­ment's Dig­i­tal In­dia ini­tia­tive," Nasscom Foun­da­tion chair­man Ganesh Natara­jan said.

IPLM will start by reach­ing out to a mil­lion li­brary users at 300 district-level li­braries and pro­vide them with com­mu­nity driven ser­vices such as com­puter train­ing classes, ac­cess to on­line in­for­ma­tion about agri­cul­ture and health, a safe place for stu­dents to study and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple of all ages. "The BMGF pro­vided sup­port for a pi­lot pro­ject for mod­erni­sa­tion of seven govern­ment pub­lic li­braries in Ut­tar Pradesh. Based on the pos­i­tive out­comes of the pi­lot pro­ject, the state govern­ment will now par­tic­i­pate in the Scale Up pro­gramme, to be im­ple­mented by IPLM/NASSCOM Foun­da­tion," Shant­wana Ti­wari, of­fi­cer on spe­cial duty, depart­ment of sec­ondary education, Ut­tar Pradesh, said.

She said 16 govern­ment pub­lic li­braries of the state will be cov­ered un­der the Scale Up pro­gramme, in­clud­ing seven li­braries cov­ered un­der pi­lot phase.

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