Talking to Kerala IT News, Korath V Mathew, Director, Akshaya said, “It’s a proud moment for us and recognition of our efforts. The Common Service Centres of Akshaya will be the one-stop-shop for all the services needed by a citizen from the government. This award will be a morale booster for our Entrepreneurs.”
Touted as South Asia’s biggest event on ICT for development initiatives, the prestigious event was first conceived in 2003. Its aim is to identify, assess, award, debate and encourage best practices in usage of the Internet and mobile technologies for grassroots socio-economic benefit. Osama Manzar, Founder & Director of the awards organization said, “This year we have an unprecedented 434 nominations in 15 categories across 8 countries in South Asia and 77 were selected as the finalists”.
Featured categories include e-governance, e-health, e-news and media, e-inclusion, e-agriculture. The Manthan process is modelled along the lines of the United Nations’ World Summit Awards, and involves many rounds of rigorous debate and evaluation by a broad team of impartial judges.
Winners of the awards are chosen based on their impact, financial and social sustainability, value addition, participatory approach, and innovation. The projects should also be in line with the vision of the UN Millennium Development Goals and WSIS targets (World Summit on the Information Society).
Kerala IT News