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Course ID:IT625
Course: ICT for socio-economic development
Instuctor: Prof.Krithi Ramamritham
Instuctor: Prof.U.B.Desai
Prerequesites: None
Contents:
  • Thrust:
    The course will dwell into information and communication technologies that can help in improving the quality of life for rural and small town India. Access to information certainly becomes a critical factor; therefore access technologies (including silicon), access infrastructure and information processing become immediately relevant. Moreover, for long term impact and nation wide impact, issues of sustainability and scalability of technologies become very important. If we believe that wealth generation for rural and small town India is imperative, then we cannot stop at technologies, issues of sustainable and scalable business models, finance (micro finance) models will also become very important. This makes it amply evident why we need a team to teach this course.
    Specific Topics:
    Basic concepts of technological change (life cycles, price-performance curves, learning curves).
    Critical IC technologies for the bottom of the pyramid-interfaces, languages, low-cost/affordable computing - hardware and software, networks - wired & wireless, sensors.
    Mechanisms (role of the government, examples / case studies of interventions, metrics and measures of success, public-private partnerships).
    Data collection and analysis techniques and participatory design techniques.: 
  • References::
  • Rajesh Rajora, Bridging the Digital Divide:  Gyandoot - The Model for Community Networks, Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi, 2002, 319 pages
  • A. Badshah, S. Khan, M. Garrido, Connected for Development ? Information Kiosks and Sustainability:  UN Dept. Of Economic and Social Affairs, Nov 2003, 253 pages
  • Research papers relating to the topics covered by the lectures will supplement material from the books: 




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