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`All villages will be made knowledge centres'

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THANJAVUR: Every village will be made a knowledge centre under Mission 2007, M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman, National Commission of Farmers, said on Thursday.

He was inaugurating a rural knowledge centre of the Dr.M.S. Swaminathan Foundation at Thirupazhanam.

Dr. Swaminathan said taking information to the people was vital. When a tsunami alert was issued, people immediately moved to safe places. All six lakh villages in the country should be made knowledge centres.

For Mission 2007, the Centre allotted Rs. 100 crores. The scheme would be implemented through the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

The Dr.M.S. Swaminathan Foundation, along with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), opened a village resource centre at Thiruvaiyaru for providing information to people. Rural knowledge centres would be linked to village resource centres. Centres would also be opened at Thiruchotruthurai, Thirukandiyur, Naducauvery, Vilankudi, Maharajapuram, Konerirajapuram, Vaidyanathanpettai, Varahur and Vinnamangalam.

Self-help group members, trained at the village resource centre at Thiruvaiyaru, explained to him how they learnt to operate computers.

Videoconferencing

Dr. Swaminanthan visited the village resource centre at Thiruvaiyaru and answered questions from people at the Thangachimadam Village Resource centre and the Sembati Village Resource Centre through videoconferencing.

He told presspersons that mobile knowledge centres would be created. To help gingeley farmers, the foundation would organise a seminar in Erode in May and introduce the concept of gingeley villages.

"Our country is importing edible oil. It is very important to help gingeley farmers," Dr. Swaminathan said.

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