‘Brand India’ and ‘Digital India’ have captured the imagination of the people. Akodara, a tiny village in North Gujarat, is already on its way to making the government’s vision a reality.
With a population of just 1,145, the village has introduced a digitised curriculum in school. Teachers use audio-video content and digital boards in the anganwadis. The villagers encourage girls to undertake skill development programmes that help in understanding and learning office administration. Akodara has also created a cashless ecosystem in which shops, merchants and ordinary villagers engage in card transactions. Elsewhere, in the tiny hamlet of Chanduali in Rajasthan, the children are all excited about the internet and connecting on Facebook with their laptops!