The American multinational software giant Hewlett-Packard has announced to set up 48 digital inclusion labs in rural areas in India. The program which aims to reach 6,400 Indian villages across the length and breadth of the country is expected to impact more than 15 million people in the next six years. The core areas which the program hopes to cover include driving education programming, inculcating entrepreneurship spirit and programming as well as other community services.
The announcement by the global printing and personal computer corporation came on Saturday in which it announced its intention of the new program. As a part of the program, HP would build and deploy 48 self-contained, internet-enabled digital inclusion and learning labs. These labs, once set up in rural areas would strive to drive digital literacy in rural India.
Speaking on the occasion of the announcement of the program, Rajiv Srivastava, Managing Director, HP India stated, “Quality education for all is critical to ensure fast economic and social development of India and we need to think beyond brick and mortar solutions and use technology to educate and skill all.”
The program, part of an initiative taken by HP to make the global impact in the field of education, especially for those communities which are still bereft of access to better education and career opportunities due on part of lack of opportunities, is also a bid to support the ‘Digital India initiative’.
This is evident from a statement by the company released on the occasion of the announcement of the program according to which: “HP World on Wheels” (WoW), the programme is part of HP’s global initiative to create opportunities in the underserved communities and empower people everywhere to build a better, more prosperous life and also supports the ‘Digital India’ initiative, the company said.
Each lab would comprise of 20-seats. These IT-enabled HP “WoW” digital inclusion and learning lab would be equipped with HP computing and printing equipments such as HP Thin Clients, an HP Workstation, and an HP OfficeJet all-in-one printer. The labs would further include software suites and e-learning tools like HP Classroom Manager, HP LIFE and HP VideoBook among others.
“The classrooms will allow individuals to gain access to IT literacy programmes and connect to different government programmes. The digital inclusion and learning labs are designed with leading technology to reduce emissions and maximize energy efficiency,” the company has further stated.
HP has left no stone unturned in ensuring the success of its program and improve the education system in the areas where it has planned to launch the digital labs.