Speaking on the occasion, Sandeep Aurora, director - sales and marketing, Intel South Asia said, Intel recognises that Internet is capable of transforming lives and the future of the country. Still there are hundreds of people who are either unaware of or have never experienced Internet usage.
Through the Net Yatra, the company hopes to educate people about the benefits of Internet, while offering them a hands-on experience of the same. The goal is to spread to 80 cities over the next few months.
As part of the Net Yatra, specially designed buses will travel to schools and colleges across the country. Designed to give a classroom feel, the air-conditioned buses are equipped with plasma screens and Intel-powered Netbooks and notebooks, equipped with 24-hour Internet connectivity.
Once on the bus, the audience is shown how the Internet works as well as live demonstrations of applications, which can simplify day-to-day life, such as booking tickets online through the Indian Railway ticketing site, visiting Indian language news sites such as Google Marathi and online education for school students and teachers through sites like Edurites Mathguru Demo.
NIIT is helping further this cause by launching an affordable course called the Swift NetConnect course. This is a 12-hour module, which covers the fundamentals of PC and Internet usage with cost of Rs 500. It is available at all NIIT centres across the country, Aurora said.
He informed that since the first Net Yatra was flagged off on October 13 at Tumkur, 11 cities in the west and 13 in the south have been covered and the response has been overwhelming. By far, the Net Yatra has reached out to 40,000 people.