This "Smart Village Project" being undertaken by MSSRF is aimed at providing comprehensive support for improving the sanitary and living conditions of about 8,000 people across eight poor farming communities in Andhra Pradesh.
Following a similar MSSRF initiative aimed at improving livelihoods in poor farming communities in the state of Odisha (Orissa) in Eastern India, this is the second such project to receive MC's financial support.
The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) was established as a not-for-profit trust in Chennai in May 1988 by Dr.
This location was chosen because of MSSRF's experience and knowledge of the village, which also was the center for its "Bio-village" project.
Typically, MSSRF field officers identify a village to set up a VKC.
Women belonging to these SHGs are the first point of contact to MSSRF field officers, and are highly effective in gaining a familiarity and foothold in the villages.
Once the initial contact is made, and the idea of the VKC is "sold," MSSRF sets certain conditions that are required to be met by the village in question:
Once the villagers agree to the idea and the conditions, MSSRF sets up the VKC.
Each VRC was also connected to other VRCs and the MSSRF headquarters in Chennai through satellite link-ups, in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
As can be seen in Figure 4, the State-level hub at the MSSRF headquarters (top left quadrant of the figure) is connected to the Internet through Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and to the ISRO up-link satellite through a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) antenna.