Government partners with CISCO to bolster dual objectives

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Two Statement of Intent (SoI) signed to sweep the state through a digital cruise clubbed with water conservation mechanisms.

While the Centre is pioneering various schemes and campaigns boosting the empowerment of a girl child, the states too are not lagging behind to manifest a better world for women, a better India. Rajasthan too has made elaborate contributions towards the protection and welfare of girl child.

The State of Rajasthan has been constantly keen on upbringing the development and education of girls. A lot has been done in the state for girls and women, thereby making them highly confident and independent in every realm of life.

The journey of digital transformation of Rajasthan will accelerate the state development and also foster its reach, Cisco on Monday announced a slew of strategic initiatives including the signing of two statements of intent (SoI) in crucial sectors of education and water.

For the education initiative, the global networking giant and Rajasthan government signed an agreement to furnish digital classrooms in women colleges to support women working in the technology sector, thereby advancing their careers in their chosen field.

“To be in tandem with the changing times, we need to have smart people that know technology. Those who will not advance themselves with the technology will fall behind,” chief minister Vasundhara Raje said.

Cisco claimed that we are working on a steadfast commitment to accelerate the digital Rajasthan drive. It will also bolster the government’s vision of engendering atleast one woman e-literate in every household. Moreover, it announced video enabled digital classrooms in women colleges that will cover 10,000 students over one year, both in rural and urban areas in the state.

“The digital classrooms will facilitate training and development of IT skills for women and enable them for the digital era as well as build the state’s pool of highly skilled technology professionals,” Cisco said in a statement.

In collaboration with the State Institute of Education Management And Training (SIEMAT), Cisco has deployed virtual classrooms across 12 institutes in the state to provide 50,000 man-hours of training through digital classrooms.

“The digital classroom solutions through SIEMAT, the Cisco Networking Academy courses in 25 government ITIs and networking of ITIs in the divisional headquarters are efforts that make us all proud,” Raje added.

The agreements which were signed in the presence of the chief minister and the Cisco’s executive chairman John Chambers, also encompassed an initiative to collaborate with the government in its efforts in water resource management.

The Rajasthan government is formidably involved in conservation and preserving of water resources. It has also launched a Jal Swavalamban Yojana which is solely focused towards ensuring that water is accessible to folks dwelling in the remotest of areas. Not only this, a comprehensive roadmap has been chalked out to mitigate the issue of water shortage in the State which houses the Thar Desert.

“Cisco’s water management solutions offer near real-time visibility across the state’s water assets through Internet of Things (IoT) water sensors that transmit information on water levels and flows,” the Cisco statement added.

Shedding light on the benefits of adopting advanced technology, Chambers spelled out: ”Digitization opens up unprecedented opportunities for every country, state and city. The impact of digitization is all encompassing- citizen-centric services for enhanced quality of life, smart secure communities, innovation, entrepreneurship, digital skills and education for all.”

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