Sunday, May 14, 2006

ITC bags another accolade for its IT Rural Transformation: e-Choupal

ITC e-Choupal has won the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award 2006 in the Economic Development category. The ten-year-old Stockholm Challenge Award recognises initaitives that leverage Information Technology to improve living conditions and increase economic growth in all parts of the world. It focuses on social inclusion world wide and champions ICT projects that show clear benefits to people and their communities, wide impact and sustainable business models. This year a total of 1155 entries were received from across more than 100 countries and 26 of these were shortlisted as finalists in the Economic Development category.

You can read the case study - "ITC eChoupal Case Study .. Rural Transformation "

The Award was presented on May 11, 2006 at a glittering ceremony at the Stockholm City Hall, where Nobel Prizes are awarded. This award crowns a series of global recognition for ITC e-Choupal, making it the most lauded information technology-based rural transformation model. The project has been awarded the ICC-UNDP-IBLF World Business Award in 2004 for furthering United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Development Gateway Award in 2005 for contributing to the economic development of rural communities. It is also a case study at the Harvard Business School.

``ITC e-Choupal is playing a transformational role in turning rural communities into vibrant economic organisations -- by fostering inclusive growth and enhancing their wealth creation capability. Recognitions like the Stockholm Challenge Award provide us impetus to pursue our sustainable development goals with added vigour'', Chairman Y C Deveshwar said.

Present State: ITC e-Choupal, the largest Internet based intervention in rural India, empowers over 3.5 million farmers in 35,000 villages by enabling them to readily access crop-specific, customised information through vernacular websites.

Vision: Over the next decade, the ITC e-Choupal network aims to cover over 100,000 Indian villages, representing 1/6th of rural India, and create more than 10 million e-farmers.

More News on ITC Limited.

Thats awesome. Hats off to ITC's contribution to Rural India!!


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