The Arunachal Pradesh Government on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Village Movement (SVM) to facilitate relevant technology innovations, R&D, open innovation, technology interventions and curriculum development in select villages of the State.
The MoU was signed by director-cum-member secretary of the State Council for IT & e-Governance, Neelam Yapin Tana on behalf of the State Government and Shreya Evani, Project Director, Smart Village Movement.
Prof Solomon Darwin, executive director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovations, University of California, Berkeley, who will be the advisor of the Smart Village Core Team said that it should not b confused with the term ‘Smart Village’.
Prof Darwin further elaborated that this movement is basically a digital platform and not to be understood as a scheme for creation or establishment of infrastructure in the village per se.
Smart Village is a community empowered by digital technologies and open innovation platforms to access global markets, he pointed.
Project Director Evani informed that the SVM would immediately start up the project, which would involve the first six months (July-December 2018) in preparing the core team and do the ground work like capacity building, awareness and research, reaching out to universities, corporate pivoting and getting approvals for pilots .