Indo-Americans have applauded Tamil Nadu (India) for ambitious plan to hand out free laptops to its schoolchildren, first for any state in India.
Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that “it was a step in the right direction” and it appeared that it would empower next generation of Tamil Nadu and especially help the economically disadvantaged families in the race for information technology (IT) usage.
According to reports, this project will result in distributing about 6.8 million laptops in five years. Tamil Nadu has also decided to provide broadband connectivity to about 12,600 village panchayats and provide expert IT training to rural college students.
Zed, who is Chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, asked other states of India to follow the Tamil Nadu course. He urged Tamil Nadu and India to invest in improving broadband quality.
Rajan Zed argued that India was still reportedly below the application threshold in quality and penetration of net services. India did have the capacity to be a global technology leader but it needed to have a clear digital strategy if it wanted to build and capture leadership position in technology.
Zed stressed that India should prepare itself for “Internet applications of tomorrow”, such as high definition Internet TV and high quality video communications services (consumer telepresence) which were expected to become mainstream in just a few years time, according to studies.
Rajan Zed pointed out that India needed to conquer its digital quality divide across the urban and rural areas as broadband quality and smart connected communities would impact economy. Investments in infrastructure were needed and India should aim at providing access to all households in the near future.
India should explore the many benefits which came with Internet applications like economic development and better quality of life, Zed added.
Tamil Nadu, said to be the most urbanized state in India and third largest contributor to India’s GDP, is also the second largest software exporter by value in India. One of the longest continuous habitations in India and cradle of Dravidian civilization, Tamil Nadu boasts of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is also known for its temples, gopurams, tigers and Bharatnatyam. Dr. Konijeti Rosaiah and Selvi J. Jayalalithaa are Governor and Chief Minister respectively.