IT is playing a pivotal role today in development of our country, in both an economic and social sphere. There are societal challenges that we believe only the Indian IT-BPO Industry can really make work.
The Unique Identity development is one programme that has sparked curiosity and interest in how our Industry and its leaders really contribute in the public space. With Nandan Nilekani among those leading the way, we would see best practices being passed on to the government and hope for ripple effects.
On similar lines, is the the Problem of Missing and Found Children, an issue that Pravin Patkar will speak to Jerry Rao at the session ‘In conversation with..’ at the CSR track at the Grand Salon at 15:00 Hrs.
Today the system the nation adopts in cases of missing children, is flashing the available photograph of the child once on the state owned TV channel. The photograph is almost always old and hence of little use to identify the child. What is required is personal identification data of the children along with that some biometric reading should be gathered. There must be a technical system to instantly get the second reading cross checked with the data bank of the first set to know where the child comes from and what is his/her family background. This is imperative to provide thousands of unfortunate children the basic opportunities of education, health and safety; thus creating a more positive future generation.
IRIS, one of the winners of Social Innovation Honours 2010, is another such example, which created an Internet based voting mechanism through which children in the schools of Navi Mumbai could vote for the candidate of their choice from amongst those standing for elections. IRIS succeeded in generating interest and debate amongst the students.
Our communities face complex concerns but the Industry can take a leadership role by pitching in with solutions that can help us tackle many grave issues.
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