Setwin to target rural areas for e-learning

By : |September 28, 2001 0

HYDERABAD: Setwin, a society established by the government of Andhra Pradesh
with a view to impart training in skill development for unemployed youth has
planned online e-learning initiative. US based Boston Group with its wholly
owned subsidiary based out of Hyderabad has conceptualized and developed the
courseware for the Setwin program, which would be launched by Chief Minister N.
Chandra Babu Naidu on October 2.

"We are going to put 25 different courses on the Net for the e-learning
initiative and this would be supported by the existing 45 franchisee centers of
Setwin throughout the state. Each center has an infrastructure of 10 to 15
computer systems so it will not be a problem for students as far as the
availability of systems is concerned. The idea is to penetrate deep into the
rural areas, hence around 40 of those centers are located in the rural pockets
of the state," said S. Vinod Kumar, country manager, Boston Group.

The courses include online and classroom training options and would cost
between Rs 2,500 and Rs 7,500. "We are charging a nominal fee of Rs 200 per
student for an unlimited Internet access on a per month basis and hope to
increase the Internet usage among the rural students," he added.

Setwin’s Web hosting is being done by Hyderabad based ISP City Online, the
front-end of which would be managed by Setwin itself. "We have invested
around Rs 60 lakh in the development of content and as far as revenue sharing is
concerned we are going to get around 25 per cent of the amount. But we do not
consider this initiative as a profit-making project as this is like a charity
for the people of the state," he explained.

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