• The yatra will travel through 5,000 Panchayats of India – spreading the awareness of Internet access through the affordable medium of Penta Tablet PC(s).
• The yatra is a collaborative effort with the PN Panicker Foundation – recognized globally for their pioneering work in the field of rural literacy – as a part of the CNRI, Confederation of NGO(s) of Rural India.
• It focuses on spreading the messages of e-learning and empowerment of the rural poor through knowledge acquired by internet access.
The first leg of the Yatra is from Trivandrum to Kasargode in Kerala – to be covered in the next 30 days. The Kerala leg of the Yatra will cover 140 panchayats and reach out to 30 Lakh people. Subsequently – over the next 5 months, it will travel through multiple states of India reaching Srinagar by March 31, 2013.
The yatra is focused on the rural community demonstrating its activities at the Panchayat and Gram Sabha level. Yatra is a caravan of 5 vehicles: pilot vehicle, float of a model village with an internet kiosk based on Penta Tablet PC(s), community health float, a drama troupe that does street shows on the benefits of e-learning, literacy and internet access.
Pantel Technologies as the technology partner for the YATRA, has launched a special offer based on the Penta T-Pad IS709C Tablet PC. Priced at Rs. 5,000, the rural consumer will get the Penta T-Pad, 1 FREE BSNL USB Dongle and unlimited internet access for the first 3 months of use. At a 40% subsidy over comparative market offerings, this is a unique offer designed specifically for the rural buyers who will get to participate in the Yatra.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vijender Singh, Managing Director, Pantel Technologies Private Limited said, “Kerala, as we all know has the highest literacy rate in India and the PN Panicker Foundation is respected and renowned globally for having contributed to 100% literacy of the state. Pantel Technologies is recognized for its efforts in propagating the development and usage of low cost internet access devices, known as Penta T-Pad Tablet PC(s). The Jan Vigyan Vikas yatra is to promote digital inclusiveness at the rural panchayat level nationally, empowering the rural disenfranchized and making them a part of the mainstream of society”.