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The 8th Baramati Initiative on ICT to Focus on Scale & Economic Benefits

Pune, India, March 17, 2008 – Vidya Pratishthan’s Institute of Information Technology (VIIT) and Intel are jointly organizing the 8th Baramati Initiative on ICT & Development on March 24th and 25th at the VIIT Campus, Baramati. ICT stands for Information & Communication Technology and the purpose of Baramati initiative is to showcase how ICT can be employed to provide sustainable solutions to the needs of poor communities.

This two day event would be inaugurated at the hands of Stauffacher, Chairman ICT for Peace Foundation, United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UNGAID).

The inaugural address would be given by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. Whereas, the keynote address will be delivered by Subhash Pani, Secretary - Planning Commission, Government of India and Jainder Singh, Secretary - Department of Information Technology, Government of India.

John Davies, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group and General Manager, Intel World Ahead Program, Intel Corporation; R. Sivakumar, Managing Director, Sales and Marketing, South Asia, Intel, and Sharad Kulkarni, Chairman, Governing Council of VIIT, will also address the gathering during the inaugural session.

Dr. Amol Goje, Director, VIIT said, “This year, the conference will focus on scale and the economic benefits of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on communities. It will make an attempt to explore the avenues through which governments, NGOs, development agencies and corporations can work, to successfully scale ICT initiatives to benefit the Indian population.”

R. Sivakumar, Managing Director, Marketing and Sales, South Asia, Intel said, “Under the Intel World Ahead Program, Intel is committed to work with governments and the industry across the globe to facilitate better health and education through technology. Conventions such as the Baramati Initiative on ICT not only create awareness on global technology trends but also foster an environment for interaction and collaboration between industry, government bodies, international experts, university circles and world ahead alliance, to help enrich the quality of technological and intellectual human resource available for the rapidly proliferating technology economies.”

Over 135 delegates from all across the globe are participating in the event and shall discuss the topics related to theme of this year.

About Vidya Pratishthan’s Institute of Information Technology
Vidya Pratishthan’s Institute of Information Technology was established in February 2000 at Baramati with an aim to provide quality education in the field of Information Technology and Computer Science. VIIT is a progressive institution equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and committed to human resource development.

About Intel Technology India Private Limited
Through its Intel World Ahead Program, Intel strives to improve education, healthcare, entrepreneurship and government services in developing countries worldwide, by accelerating access to computers, connectivity, technology training and localized Internet content. Additional information is available at www.intel.com/changingtheworld and www.intel.com/intel/worldahead .

As a part of its efforts under the Intel World Ahead Program in India, Intel has trained over 7,500,000 teachers under its Intel Teach initiative, donated 2,500 computers, demonstrated the capabilities of school health monitoring solutions and remote diagnostics solutions and has reached out to nearly 40,000 students in India under the Intel Learn Program.

About Intel
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom .

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