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BITSian student software efforts get noticed at the national level

Tuesday, November 18, 2008   (0 Comments)
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Vishrut Shukla, Ankit Govil and Abhay Murarka, all of them currently enrolled at BITS-Pilani Goa Campus, have provided a software solution which attempts to blend modern mobile technology with interactive media and provide the rural people good affordable education, proper health care services and sufficient knowledge of their rights.

Swashikar, as the prototype application for implementing this initiative is named, comprises three separate modules, namely Swasthya (healthcare), Shiksha (literacy) and Adhikar (rights) which combine to provide the application its unique name.

"80% of Indian population stays in rural areas and hardly get access to good education. As a result, the nation has a poor literacy rate of 55%. The 'Shiksha' module could bridge this gap. It has a potential of serving as a vehicle for mass literacy in villages for people of all ages," they said.

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