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Internet In Remote Tribal Villages (VSAT)

Internet In Remote Tribal Villages (VSAT):

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs plans to collaborate with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to deploy V-SAT (very small apperture terminal) stations on a pilot basis for approximately 80 tribal villages in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Maharashtra.

  • The initiative aims to provide Internet services to geographically remote tribal villages that have been historically difficult to connect due to challenging terrain.
  • It will facilitate e-governance and improve connectivity in remote areas.
  • Apart from this, the Ministry also discussed proposals for partnerships with institutes such as AIIMS Delhi, IIT Delhi, IIM Calcutta, and IISc Bengaluru.
  • Partnerships with AIIMS Delhi include conducting advanced research on tribal health issues, particularly on Sickle Cell Anaemia.
  • Additionally, plans are in place to establish a training facility with the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru to offer courses on semiconductors to tribal students.