Cisco has announced a series of strategic initiatives under its Jaipur Lighthouse City program initiative to help accelerate the digital transformation of Rajasthan. The announcement is the latest in a series of initiatives to accelerate the digital transformation of Rajasthan.
A digitized state aims to drive GDP growth, create jobs and foster innovation, enhance research and education, stimulate entrepreneurship, accelerate business innovation, develop economic cluster initiatives, and support infrastructure. Towards that end, Cisco and the Government of Rajasthan (GoR) have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to roll-out digital classrooms in women colleges to support and advance women working in the technology sector and expansion of Jaipur lighthouse program to include Smart water for water management.
The SoI between Cisco and GoR was signed in the presence of the Honourable Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, Government dignitaries, Cisco Executive Chairman, John Chambers and Cisco India and SAARC President, Dinesh Malkani.
Cisco announced video enabled digital classrooms in women colleges, to cover 10,000 women students over one year, both in rural and urban areas in the state. The digital classrooms will facilitate training and development of IT skills for Women and enable them for the digital era as well as build the state’s pool of highly skilled technology professionals.
Cisco in collaboration with the State Institute of Education Management And Training (SIEMAT) has deployed virtual classrooms across 12 institutes in Rajasthan to provide 50,000 person hours of training through digital classrooms.
Jaipur, as a Cisco Lighthouse City has collaborated with Cisco on a number of key initiatives aimed at advancing Jaipur’s vision of becoming a global model and standard for sustainable urban digitization and development. In the first phase of the Lighthouse City program – Smart Lighting, Connected Transportation, Waste Management and Control Center will be all integrated on the Cisco Smart+Connected Digital Platform.
Cisco will also collaborate with the government in its efforts in water resource management. Cisco’s Water Management solutions offer near real-time visibility across the state’s water assets through Internet of Things (IoT) water sensors that transmit information on water levels and flows.
The Network Operations Center at Jaipur Development Authority will have a single view of all data generated by Cisco Smart + Connected Digital Platform to manage the city with increased operational efficiency and productivity, enabling the government to provide quality infrastructure and services to citizens and tourists.
Vasundhara Raje, Honourable Chief Minister of Rajasthan, said “Cisco is a valuable partner and not just in the Smart City/ Lighthouse City initiative. The Digital Classroom solutions through SIEMAT, the Cisco Networking Academy courses in 25 government ITIs and networking of ITIs in the Divisional Headquarters and Anta – are efforts that make us all proud. 60% of our population is youth and it is for us to work together, make a difference in their lives and help them live their dreams”
John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco, said, ‘‘Digitization opens up unprecedented opportunities for every country, state and city. The impact of digitization is all encompassing – citizen-centric services for enhanced quality of life, smart secure communities, innovation, entrepreneurship, digital skills and education for all. Honourable Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje truly understands the many benefits digitization will bring to the state and its citizens. Today with Cisco’s new initiatives, we are proud to strengthen our collaboration with the government of Rajasthan to realize its Digital Rajasthan vision.”
Dinesh Malkani, President, Cisco India and SAARC, said, “The digital transformation of Rajasthan will help increase the state’s competitiveness by creating a highly skilled workforce ready for the jobs of the future, equal education opportunities for all and the enabling of world-class citizen services in water and electricity. We believe the digital classrooms in women’s college will expand employment options to help advance their careers and be a training ground for the next generation of women leaders. We are excited to help enable Honourable Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje’s Digital Rajasthan vision to accelerate the state’s digital agenda, improve citizen wellbeing through digital services, create jobs and boost entrepreneurship.”