INDIA, Gujarat, Gandhinagar, 15th January, 2009
– As a part of Intel’s “Connected Indian” initiative Intel’s Net Yatra reached Gandhinagar today. Net Yatra is a part of a country wide effort by Intel to educate citizens about the benefits of the Internet, thereby driving awareness and adoption of the same.
Speaking about Net Yatra, Rajesh Gupta, Director – Sales and Marketing, Intel South Asia said, “Intel recognizes that the Internet is capable of transforming lives and the future of our country. At the same time we also recognize that there are hundreds of Indians who are either unaware of or have never experienced Internet usage. Through the ‘Net Yatra’ we hope to educate people about the benefits of the Internet, while offering them a hands-on experience of the same. Our goal is to reach out to eighty cities over the next few months.”
As part of the ‘Net Yatra’, specially designed buses travel to schools and colleges across the country. Designed to give a classroom feel, the air-conditioned buses are equipped with plasma screens and Intel-powered Netbooks and notebooks, equipped with 24 hour Internet connectivity. Once on the bus, the audience is shown how the Internet works as well as live demonstrations of applications which can simplify day-to-day life, such as booking tickets online through the Indian Railway Ticketing site (www.irctc.com), visiting Indian language news sites such as Google Gujarati and online education for school students and teachers through sites like Edurite’s Mathguru Demo.
NIIT is helping further this cause by having launched an affordable course called the ‘Swift NetConnect’ course. This is a 12 hour module which covers the fundamentals of PC and Internet usage and costs only Rs. 500. It is available at all NIIT centres across the country.
Since the first ‘Net Yatra’ was flagged of on October 13th at Tumkur, 15 cities in the West, 13 for South and 4 for North India have been covered and the response has been overwhelming. Till date the ‘Net Yatra’ has reached out to 55,600 Indians.