E-Halli: An Opportunity to Become Rural Entrepreneurs

E-Halli: An Opportunity to Become Rural Entrepreneurs

Swamy Tribhuvananda H.V. (Bapuji Institute of Engineering & Technology, India) and Gopakumar K. (Bapuji Institute of Engineering & Technology, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-713-3.ch014
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ICTs are increasingly being recognized by the people across the globe as essential tools of development – tools that can empower them, enhance skills and increase productivity. Today, the realities have changed. The world is not what it was during their times. Technology, science and other aspects of affluence have widened the gulf between rich and poor. On the other hand, they have also brought the world closer, in terms of connectivity. This has resulted in stupendous growth in terms of information exchange, business, education, agriculture, infotainment, inventions and better contact between places and people. The concept that the authors are about to present represents this very dream of bringing villages, towns, and cities closer, in more ways than tying them by technology. This chapter mainly reviews the conceptual frame work of e-halli. The second section deals with the e-halli as a business perspective.
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About E-Halli

Though cities depend on villages for every thing needed for survival like food grains and marketing of every kind of consumer products but they have an edge over information needed for all such activities. The villages are forced to depend on cities to get this information at the time of the need.

This has created an imbalance in the flow of information in the system and is affecting the overall development of our nation. This system has to be balanced in order to bridge the gap between the resources and the end point of the usage.

Based on this thinking, the initiative has been taken to develop a portal which can focus on bridging the gap. In order to bridge this divide, e-halli (which means electronic village in Kannada) project has been taken up. This e-halli project is based on the concept PURA (Providing Urban amenities in Rural Area), the dream of taking technology and its benefits to rural areas.

“e-grama” is basically an Intranet Portal, having some static and dynamic pages with Intranet e-mailing facility among different users of the Intranet. The e-halli project implemented at Central part of Karnataka as a pilot project to bring the benefits of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to all the rural mass.

Before venturing into an unknown world of information flow and its effects, detailed studies were conducted to understand the needs of the rural people. Based on these studies, a more scientific, practical, relevant and state-of-the art project called e-halli was conceptualized and is being run as a pilot project in about 10 villages across Karnataka.

The e-halli project is conceptualized and implemented by Yeshaswini Nagara Hagu Grameena Abhivruddhi Parishat (R), a Non Governmental Organization. This IT-enabled project will not only help bridge the growing digital divide, but also increase computer literacy of those living in rural areas. It is also expected to generate more employment opportunities in these regions and reduce migration of educated unemployed youths to cities.

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Chapter 1
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A Framework for E-Government Portal Development
Chapter 2
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The mobilization of electronic information across government organizations has the potential of modernizing and transforming information exchanges.... Sample PDF
E-Government Interoperability: Frameworks for Aligned Development
Chapter 3
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While there is hope that ICT interventions will lead to socio-economic development in developing countries, there is a dearth of research concerning... Sample PDF
An Explorative Study of Dynamic Influences on ICT-Led Developmental Impact at Community Level
Chapter 4
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Tracking the Digital Divide: Studying the Association of the Global Digital Divide with Societal Divide
Chapter 5
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Making ICT more Meaningful for Governance in the Rural Areas: Role of the Community Knowledge Systems
Chapter 6
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ICTs in general and e-governance in particular offer tremendous opportunities for improving demand-driven transparent and accountable service... Sample PDF
Impact of E-Government Implementation on Poverty Reduction in Rural India: Selected Case Studies
Chapter 7
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E-Governance: Tool for E-Democracy and Citizen Empowerment in the Horizon of Information Technology Era in Developing Society in India, Nepal and Bangladesh
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Siddhartha Ghosh
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Application of Natural Language Processing (NLP) Techniques in E–Governance
Chapter 9
Anand Agrawal
A primary goal of e-governance is providing online-services to citizens over the internet (Web portals) to facilitate government-to-citizen (G2C)... Sample PDF
Assessing E-Governance Online-Service Quality (EGOSQ)
Chapter 10
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The Success Model of Evolution from Government to E-Governance
Chapter 11
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Technology Acceptance of Free Wireless Internet Park Initiatives
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A Bibliometric Analysis of Electronic Government Research
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Towards an E-Governance Grid for India (E-GGI): An Architectural Framework for Citizen Services Delivery
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