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NF partners' meet strives for social devt

Posted: 29 Aug 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IT industry  partners' meet  Nasscom Knowledge Network  NASSCOM 

NASSCOM Foundation (NF), the social development arm of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), organised its third annual national level knowledge network partners' meet at New Delhi. The two day event titled "Opportunities for Knowledge Centers: Sustainability & the Future" focused on further expanding the role of the Nasscom Knowledge Network (NKN) centres and identifying options to make it sustainable within their local communities. Present on the occasion was Mr. Som Mittal, NASSCOM President, Ms. Rufina Fernandes, NF CEO and other stalwarts of the IT industry.

NKN is the flagship programme of NF. It is a network of telecentres or knowledge centres that provides public access to information and communication technologies for educational, personal, social and economic development. The centres provide multipurpose services to communities such as education, health, livelihood programmes and e-governance by facilitating access to information and essential services. These knowledge centres are run by NGOs with support from NF and its resource partners (IT companies who have developed socially relevant content and applications). Initiated in July 2005, the NASSCOM Knowledge Centre is spread across 12 states, 72 districts and 180 centres.

Emphasising the need to develop partnerships to facilitate more service delivery from the knowledge centres, Mr. Som Mittal said, "Partners' meet such as these are the best way to gauge if all the hard work and resources are channelised in the right direction. It's a proven fact that intra-partner relation enhances capacities and capabilities of knowledge centres and helps the centres in becoming self-sustainable in the long run."

Around 33 implementation partners (grassroots NGOs) from across the country interacted with leaders from the IT Industry in this meet that was held on August 25-26, 2008. The event included sessions on the current CSR programs and discussions on the potential plans. Other prominent speakers at this event were Mr. Dilip Pahadsingh, Tulip, Mr. Raju Bhatnagar, NASSCOM Vice President–BPO and Government Relations, Mr. Amit Garg, Genpact Vice President and speakers from MCIT and CDAC among others.

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