Byrraju Foundation introduces technology-based services to support rural transformation
The Byrraju Foundation has launched a range of technology and
Web-based services to facilitate rural transformation in the areas of health,
education, agriculture, livelihood and knowledge sharing.
At the fourth Vikasa Sadassu (Development Forum), which is
organised by the foundation, the President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, and Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister, Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy, inaugurated these facilities in Bhimavaram
in the presence of B Ramalinga Raju, Chairman, Byrraju Foundation, and Chairman,
Satyam Computer Services.
Sadassu is an annual event where all principal stakeholders from 150 villages
in five districts come together to assess the progress made during the year
and develop a roadmap for the next year.
The online Patient Information Management System is developed
by Satyam and supported by Oracles Healthcare Transaction Base platform.
The foundation also showcased the cost-effective virtual delivery of services
in healthcare, education, adult literacy and livelihood through the Ashwini
The development of this solution is an extension of Oracles
commitment to support the Byrraju Foundation in its rural development transformation
initiatives. This solution complements telemedicine and enables the physician
to easily access patient medical records. The foundation is using telemedicine
to provide medical consultation without the doctor having to travel to the villages.
A trained health worker at the village-end facilitates consultation.
Some of the other facilities and services which were launched:
- Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI)s
108 emergency care service to East and West Godavari districts.
EMRI had launched this service in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Vijaywada, Tirupati
and Warangal last year. With this launch, EMRIs services are now available
to nearly 20 million people in Andhra Pradesh.
- Research and Training Wing-Centre for Rural Transformation.
In order to research on the best practices and disseminate knowledge relating
to the rural transformation process in a focussed manner, the foundation has
launched this research and training wing. Located at Hyderabad as part of
its Centre for Rural Transformation, the institute will carry out action research,
document implementation experiences, and impart training to those engaged
in rural transformation.
- VirtuaLab. The VirtuaLab programmetargeted
initially at 450 schools in APis connected to Ku Band. VirtuaLab offers
a video/TV broadcast facility in partnership with Mana TV to relay content
in physics, astronomy, botany, zoology and geology. The core content is being
created with the help of the state-of-the-art observatory and science lab
set up by Byrraju Foundation at Hyderabad. Images of stars, nebulae, and galaxies
will be captured through a sophisticated Celestron telescope, and digital
images of botanical samples with electronic microscopes. VirtuaLab will offer
students the facility to ask questions via e-mail and/or phone. A panel of
expert science teachers will answer these questions on a real-time basis.
- Ashwini Centres. The Foundation has also embarked
upon a programme to provide last mile broadband connectivity to 32 village
centres using wireless technology. This programme, called Project Ashwini,
which is funded by UNDP, is being implemented in partnership with Media Lab
Asia of the Department of Information Technology and Communication, Government
of India, and the National Institute of Smart Government (NISG). The project
will benefit 5,00,000 people living in these 32 villages and the neighbouring
The Foundation has taken an initiative to set up a rural BPO
unit called GramIT in village Jallikakinada (22 km from Bhimavaram) that employs
100 rural youth, drawn from this and the surrounding villages, using the last
mile connectivity provided by Project Ashwini. The Foundation plans to set up
one such BPO for every ten villages in the next phase and will thereafter increase
the number of GramITs. GramIT currently provides transaction-processing services
to Indian corporates and government departments.