Manthan Award South Asia 2009 in Media
Manthan Award South Asia 2009 proved to be a long event and it got coverages in various media in the run up to the main event and after that the winners got wide media space. Some of the samples of it is displayed here below. Have a look.
Manthan Awardees figured prominently in one of the discussions recently on NDTV’s popular Money Mantra programme. The Pankaj Pachauri anchored show also had Mr. Shankar Aggarwal, Joint Secretary in DIT, GoI, DEF’s Founder & Director, Osama Manzar and Manging Editor of Livemint.com, Sidin Vadukut on the discussion panel. The panelist and the Manthan Awardees discussed at length how digital media is changing the face of India and how digital content innovators are bringing about a shashaktikaran (empowerment) of rural India. See the full programme by clicking the image below.
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Press Release New Delhi, India – December 16, 2009
Uniting communities with 3G
Nokia Siemens Networks partners with Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) to promote digital inclusion
Nokia Siemens Networks has joined hands with Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) to promote digital inclusion during the forthcoming 2009 edition of the Manthan Award South Asia, to be held from Dec 18-19, 2009 in New Delhi. The event, organized by DEF, is South Asia’s largest on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for commerce, governance and rural development.
As part of the partnership, the Manthan Award will include a dedicated three-hour joint session on Uniting Communities with 3G, under the broader Manthan theme of Digital Inclusion for Development. The session will focus on the affordability and convenience of the mobile devices, networks and services that are playing a crucial role in bringing the Internet to a wider audience, both in urban and rural areas across the world.
“This partnership reflects a common understanding by both us and DEF on the importance and challenges of digital inclusion for overall industry development,” said Urs Pennanen, head of the Indian region at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Affordable access to communications technology encourages social inclusion and contributes to progress in a range of social economic and environmental issues.”
The introduction of 3G-enabled mobile services will provide affordable Internet access in rural areas of India and other South Asian countries. This will more than make up for low personal computer penetration in these areas and help bridge the digital divide.
“By joining hands with Nokia Siemens Networks, we hope to strengthen what could prove to be the single biggest step towards socio-economic transformation in India and South Asia,” said Osama Manzar, founder and director, Digital Empowerment Foundation. “The possibilities are endless – 3G will positively impact many areas, including health services, education, agriculture and governance.
The Manthan Award is a first-of-its-kind initiative in India to recognize the best practices in e-content and creativity. It was launched on 10th October 2004, by Digital Empowerment Foundation in partnership with World Summit Award, the Indian Department of Information Technology, and various other stakeholders such as civil society members, the media and other similar organizations engaged in promoting digital content inclusiveness for development throughout South Asia. This year, the award will be given under thirteen categories ranging from e-business and commerce, e-education, e-governance to m-content.
About Digital Empowerment Foundation
Digital Empowerment Foundation, a Delhi based not-for-profit organization was registered in December 2002, under the “Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860” to find solutions to bridge the digital divide. With no political affiliations, it was founded by Osama Manzar to uplift the downtrodden and to create economic and commercial viability using Information Communication and Technology as means. It was actively started in the year 2003 after the founder director left his software company to seriously pursue the aims and objectives of Digital Empowerment Foundation. www.defindia.net
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Press Release New Delhi, Dec 19, 2009
New Delhi based Digital Empowerment Foundation in association with Nokia Siemens Networks and Department of Information Technology, Govt. of India organised two days South Asia Conclave on ‘Digital Inclusion for Development’, Dec 18-19, 2009 at NCUI Complex, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi within the larger framework of the Manthan Award South Asia on best digital innovations and applications for development. The South Asia conclave culminated in the 2009 edition of the Manthan Award South Asia felicitation of winners in 13 categories of digital innovations.
The Manthan Award events annually (since 2003-04) are dedicated towards innovations and applications in the field of Information Communication Technology & digital applications towards solving key development and governance challenges till the last mile (www.manthanaward.org). The two days programme witnessed participation from 15 States and UTs and 6 countries from South Asia representing with various digital innovations and applications.
The Award evening preceded the two day multi-sectoral digital round tables, Plenary sessions, deliberations at South Asia level on – e-Education, Learning & Human Resource Development; e-Commerce & Livelihood; Mobile for Masses, Social Inclusion and Localisation, Last Mile Service Delivery through e-Governance; IDRC India Social Science Research Panel Discussion & Award Gala 2009.
The Guest of Honours during the two days conclave included- the Union Minister of State for Communications & IT, India , Mr. Sachin Pilot ( chief guest during the Award gala evening on Dec 19, 2009), S. R. Rao, Additional Secretary, DIT, India, Nazrul Islam Khan, Additional Secretary and PS to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Prof Anil Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad & Vice Chairman, National Innovation Foundation, Ms. Iskra Panevska, Communication & Information Adviser for South Asia, UNESCO, Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala, IIT Madras & Lead – TeNet Group, Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman, IT&ITES, CII, Mohd Haleem Khan, Director General, CAPART – India, R. Sukumar, Editor, MINT, Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya, Director, ICTA, Sri Lanka, and Mr. Sandeep Girotra, Head of Sales, Nokia Siemens Networks. Other Guest of Honours included – Dr. Stephen J. McGurk, Ph.D., Regional Director, International Development Research Centre, Regional Office for South Asia and China, New Delhi, Mr. Subhash C Khuntia, IAS, Joint Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, Gov. of India , Mr. Ashish Chowdhary, Global Head – Services and Member of Executive Board, Nokia Siemens Networks, Mr. Urs Pennanen, India Head, Nokia Siemens Networks, Mr. Sandeep Aurora, Director – Sales & Marketing, Intel Corporation – South Asia , Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Managing Trustee & Research Director, India Development Foundation, Mr. N. Ravi Shanker, IAS, CEO – NIXI, Joint Secretary, DIT, Ministry of Comm. & IT, Gov of India, Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya – Director, ICTA, Sri Lanka, Mr. R. Sukumar, Editor, MINT, Mr. Nazrul Islam Khan, Additional Secretary & PS to Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Mr. Sanjiv Mital, CEO, NISG, Mr. Ajay Choudhury, Chairman & CEO, HCL.
FYI, the Manthan Award (www.manthanaward.org) is about scouting out best Information Communication Technology enabled digital innovations and applications having substantive impact in the lives of communities and citizens spread across 13 categories – including e-education, e-learning, e-governance, community broadcasting and m-content (mobile content). Since 2003-04, the Manthan Award platform have been putting maximum efforts to undertake a digital journey in reaching out to best digital innovations and now this search has reached to South Asia level since 2008.
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