Financial Daily from THE HINDU group of publications
Tuesday, Feb 05, 2002
Government - States
Hotmail to Netlink AP villages
Prakash M. Swamy
NEW YORK, Feb. 4
THE hotmail founder, Mr Sabeer Bhatia, is developing an e-mail service that will integrate text, voice and fax messages in Andhra Pradesh, the Chief Minister, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, has said.
Inagurating Andhra Pradesh Technology Leadership Council (APLTC) here on Sunday, he said the service would help network remote villages with the capital city at a very low cost. The State Government is working on a plan to provide e-mail service to all the citizens and connect every village with the help of Internet by next year, he said.
This could eliminate the need for post offices as messages could be conveyed in real time at a cheaper cost.
Mr Naidu said his Government would also design a system by which it would get public opinion on various issues on a continuous basis with the help of e-mail. ``This would go a long way in understanding their mind quickly.''
The Chief Minister, who explained the various steps taken by his Government to provide a transparent and result-oriented administration with a commitment, said top priority had been given to the quality of education.
"Most of you, though natives of Andhra Pradesh, would have studied professional courses in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka or Delhi as there were not enough institutions of higher education in the State in the past. There were only 32 engineering colleges when I took over the reins of the administration. Now there are 180 engineering colleges and they produce large number of engineering graduates next only to Tamil Nadu,'' he said. ``Next year, we will beat Tamil Nadu in this.''
Mr Naidu said his Government had been working on plans to connect all the professional colleges through video conference facilities so that the expertise of faculty members could be shared by other colleges far and near. ``We are confident of connecting colleges and schools through satellites so that they get the best education.'' In this connection, he acknowledged the stellar role played by Andhra Pradesh NRIs in opening more professional colleges in the State.
Commending the interest shown by young professionals from Andhra Pradesh in forming the APTLC, he said he would ensure that a separate cell was created either in the planning or technology department to coordinate with the members of APTLC.
``A recent study by Nasdaq has revealed that 29 per cent of the software professionals in the US are from Andhra Pradesh. It is imperative that expert groups such as APLTC should integrate them so that their knowledge and expertise are used for the development of Andhra Pradesh,'' he said.
Mr Sanjay Kadaveru, founder of APTLC, said despite all resources they noticed a missing link, - an organisation that could push forward the vision of the Chief Minister and connect the infrastructure with the tremendous pool of resources and talent available worldwide.
``This is a group of technologists who want to contribute something back to the society, particularly to AP, where there are many rural areas and people with no access to technology,'' he said.
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