After more than a decade of running Community Information Resource Centres (CIRC) across India with support from funding from various quarters, DEF has now launched the Digital Entrepreneurship for Village Development Scheme that seeks to create sustainable digital centres in the most backward regions of India. These digital centres will be led by young entrepreneurs who wish to solve the problems of lack of information access and connectivity through innovative ICT interventions. Selected entrepreneurs will be equipped with computers, laptops, projector, printer, lamination machine, Internet connectivity; and trained in entrepreneurial approaches; to serve the most information-dark areas through the community-centric centres.
The centres will also offer direct access to digital infrastructure and provide digital & financial literacy, digital & information services, government schemes & entitlements, digital library & e-shop services, besides user payee Wi-Fi services to connect panchayats, schools, health centers and other institutions.
NGOs and individuals interested in applying for the Digital Entrepreneurship for Village Development Scheme can apply for the same here.