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Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Empowering rural India through telecom and computer technology

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Ashok Jhunjhunwala
Ashok Jhunjhunwala
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A decade ago, the Telecommunications and Computer Networking (TeNeT) group was born on the campus of IIT, Chennai, the brainchild of Ashok Jhunjhunwala, who teaches electrical engineering at IIT. For him, entrepreneurship is not about vying for space in an SEZ or forcible acquisition of land but about fostering innovation and incubation technologies directed at rural India. Working with him is a team of some two hundred full-time researchers, engineers and other technical staff, who share his concern that in India’s growth, the countryside—where 700 million people live—is being left behind. To help bridge the gap, TeNeT’s goal is to enable 50 million broadband connections in the next five years, and impart high quality distance education through telecom, especially to rural areas. Says Jhunjhunwala: "It is safe to dream that every Indian would have a phone and net connection by 2020."
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