Tribune News Service
Fazilka, March 28
The Graduates Welfare Association, Fazilka, (GWAF) will set up the country's first of its kind "Open source cyber café" in the suburban locality — Nai Abadi — of this town under the name of "Cyber Abadi".
The project is likely to be launched on April 3 to promote the Internet usage in localities bordering Pakistan and make it accessible to each segment of society without financial barriers.
"The Internet usage is very low in the suburban areas of Fazilka due the non-availability of a cyber café within reach and no knowledge of the Internet," says Navdeep Asija, secretary (administration), GWAF.
Talking to TNS here today, Asija said initially one Internet centre within the premises of a school that was most accessible to people would be established. It would cater to the needs of residents of four areas — Dhingra Colony, Basti Chandora, Teachers' Colony and Nai Abadi. Due to its location in the Nai Abadi area, this centre had been named "Cyber Abadi".
"This will be a first of its kind Internet café in the country, where open source and free softwares will be used to encourage the use of open source software and also to discourage piracy. This centre has been established with technical inputs from SVIMTECH, PULPRIX and Thakral Info systems", said Rajneesh Kamra, in charge, Project Education, GWAF.
"Girl students, housewives and senior citizens shall be provided free Internet training at this centre. Free computer courses and other relevant IT awareness campaigns will also be organized. Depending upon response, more centres will be opened in various sub-urban localities of Fazilka", he added.
He said separate awareness campaigns had been launched to make citizens aware of this project and to motivate them to donate old keyboard, mouse, cabinet, mother board, CPU, UPS or monitors, which had become outdated and were of no use for them.
Kamra said after repair, the same would be installed at various sub-urban localities of this town.
"This will be a unique way to handle e-waste management", said Gautam Chaudhary, iIn charge IT Wing, GWAF.
The GWAF has already carved a niche for itself in the country after starting projects like Fazilka Eco Club (which included Dial a Rickshaw), 'Car-Free Zone', 'Sanjha Chulha, 'Anand Utsav' and Heritage Festival in this city.