Government’s Digital India initiative got another boost from the technology major company, HP which has committed about $3.6 million to build and deploy 48 self-contained, internet-enabled digital inclusion and learning labs. This has been aimed at driving digital literacy, education programming, entrepreneurship training and other community services in rural India.
Called “HP World on Wheels” (WoW), the programme is part of HP’s global initiative to create opportunities in the underserved communities and empower people everywhere to build a better, more prosperous life and also supports the ‘Digital India’ initiative, the company said in a statement.
"We are pleased to announce the deployment of 48 HP 'World on Wheels' digital inclusion and learning labs, in response to the calls from Global Citizens to help people in rural India gain access to technology and education. These mobile learning labs will bring access to quality education, digital literacy, and common public services to isolated and disadvantaged groups in rural areas," said HP India, Managing Director, Rajiv Srivastava in a statement.
The program aims to reach 6,400 Indian villages, impacting more than 15 million people over the next six years. Each 20-seat, IT-enabled HP WoW digital inclusion and learning lab will be equipped with HP computing and printing equipment, such as HP Thin Clients, an HP Workstation, and an HP OfficeJet all-in-one printer, as well as software suites and e-learning tools, like HP Classroom Manager, HP LIFE and HP VideoBook. The classrooms will allow individuals to gain access to IT literacy programmes and connect to different government programmes. The digital inclusion and learning labs are designed with leading technology to reduce emissions and maximise energy efficiency, the company said.
Each mobile lab will be powered by 10 high-efficiency solar panels of 315 watts each, generating nearly 15 kilowatts of energy daily-which is almost 20% higher than the lab's daily energy requirements.