HP Inc. India, and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) have come together to support digital education in rural India. To implement this initiative, HP has launched “HP World on Wheels (HP WoW)” Mobile Bus which is a 20 seated computer and IT enabled vehicle powered by green energy and backed by numerous software suites and cloud integration.
The HP-WOW bus will offer a mobility solution to help bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas by bringing easy information technology access to the isolated and disadvantaged groups in various villages.
It will also promote skill development courses to help train school children, rural youth and communities, among others by acting as a Community Service Center (CSC). With added services of Common Service Centre (CSC), it will benefit the local population for a hassle free linkage to Government programs and initiatives.
The project will promote IT enabled education among school children, rural youth and communities, impacting around 14,000 individuals in next four years. The project is estimated to create close to 56,000 beneficiaries annually, in the coming four years.
The “HP World on Wheels” or (HP WoW) project sponsored by HP Inc.; and implemented by EDII, is part of HP’s commitment to build and deploy 48 self-contained, to support to the cause of “Digital India” through internet-enabled digital inclusion and learning labs in PPP model aimed at driving digital literacy, E-education, Entrepreneurship training, and other citizen services in rural India. Each 20-seat, IT-enabled HP WoW vehicle is equipped with HP computing and printing equipment, such as HP Thin Clients, an HP Workstation, and an HP OfficeJet all-in-one printer, as well as software suites and e-learning tools, like HP Classroom Manager, HP VideoBook & HP Life.
Through its fleet of 48 vehicles, HP aims to reach 6,400 Indian villages, impacting more than 15 million people over the next six years. In its first phase, through the help of EDII, “HP WoW” will cover the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. The first bus has been launched in Ahmedabad, Gujarat is scheduled to cover 18 villages in the coming days.
Speaking about the initiative, Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII said, “The vision of Digital India is ably supported by momentous efforts and one such tangible initiative is the HP World on Wheels Project. This innovative project will impart digital capabilities and also an understanding on the variety of significant subjects to people in the remotest corners of the country. EDII is glad to be associating with such an ambitious project. I am sure the results will transform lives and place India several notches up.”
Endorsing the vision of Digital India, Mr. Ashish Sahay, Head, CSR- HP Inc. India, said, “We intend to make a measurable difference by inspiring people to put their best foot forward by gaining digital literacy and meaningfully contributing towards the making of the digital economy that we all envision.”