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Kota, Jhalawar initiatives find place in centre’s book on top innovations

The Kota district administration’s campaign to check depression and suicidal tendencies among coaching students and Jhalawar district’s initiative to set up e-Gyan Kendra have found mention in the union government’s book on top innovations in the country

jaipur Updated: Apr 22, 2017 19:29 IST
Aabshar H Quazi
People outside e-Gyan Kendra in Jhalawar district on Saturday.
People outside e-Gyan Kendra in Jhalawar district on Saturday.(AH Zaidi/HT Photo)

The Kota district administration’s campaign to check depression and suicidal tendencies among coaching students and Jhalawar district’s initiative to set up e-Gyan Kendra have found mention in the union government’s book on top innovations in the country.

The book titled ‘New Beginning’ was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 11 Civil Services Day in New Delhi on Saturday. The two initiatives from Rajasthan have found place among top 62 innovations by different districts in the country.

The Kota district administration’s drive finds mention in the book under titled ‘A little bit of empathy goes a long way’. The drive to curb stress and anxiety among the students was launched in October 2015.

The drive was started following a large number of suicides by students in Kota, where 1.5 students, coming from all over the country, take coaching for various engineering and medical competitive examinations. Total 55 students have committed suicide in Kota between 2013 and 2017.

Under the drive, the district administration took a series of steps such as enforcing compulsory weekly off, organising yoga, fun activities and joint parent-child counselling. NGOs such as Art of Living and Isha Foundation were also roped in the process.

Kota district collector Ravi Kumar Surpur said that away from homes and family atmosphere and facing fierce competition, coaching students needed a support.

E-Gyan Kendra, a network for digital literacy

The Jhalawar district administration’s initiative to set up e-Gyan Kendra in the Sunel Panchayat Samiti area also found a place in the union government’s book on innovations. Jhalawar district collector Jitendra Kumar Soni, the man behind the initiative, said that lack of internet facility was a major problem for digital activities in rural areas.

“So, e-Gyan Kendra based on an open media (OM) server was established in Sunel Panchayat Samiti area in July 2016 to provide free access to the best of open source digital content to the local community without dependence on internet,” he said.

E-Gyan Kendra offers a Wi-Fi network through routers and point-to-point access to e content available on an open media server that can be regularly updated. It has preloaded open source content comprising e-books, educational videos and information about government schemes. The open media server at the e-Gyan Kendra in Jhalawar allows users to access preloaded content on Wi-Fi enabled devices like tablets, mobile phones, laptops and computers within 1.5 km radius without dependence on internet.

Reacting over the achievement, Soni said, “It is a proud moment for Jhalawar for getting included in the book on innovations.” “We will soon expand e-Gyan Kendra to other blocks of the district as well, while other districts of the state have also shown interest in replicating this project,” he added.