AISECT to set up 585 centres in Punjab

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Jan 8 2011, 19:49pm hrs
AISECT, Indias largest education and training services network, has bagged a contract to set up 585 common service centres (CSCs) in 3 districts in Punjab. An agreement to this effect was recently signed with the Punjab government.

The project will involve a cost of around Rs 14.63 crore. AISECT has already signed up 2 CSCs in Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur districts and plans to roll out all the 585 CSCs within a year. The first CSC is likely to be operational within two months. In the two zonesGurdaspur and Hoshiarpurthat have been allotted to us, we will be setting up 270 CSCs in Gurdaspur and 315 in Hoshiarpur. We have already appointed 29 block managers who will work closely with village level entrepreneurs (VLEs) to ensure a systematic and successful execution of the roll out process, said Anurag Gupta, manager- CSC Project, AISECT. The orientation and training workshop for the block managers was conducted in Gurdaspur on Tuesday with a focus on aspects like project perspective, entrepreneurship and delivery of various services.

Punjab state e-governance society (PSEGS) has to set up 2,112 CSCs under 10 zones in rural Punjab (one per 6 villages) to act as front-end service delivery points for government and business services to the citizens at the village level.

The AISECT CSCs will be offering various educational and training services including some IGNOU and CVRU courses. The organization has also partnered with establishments like SBI, LIC, United India Insurance and Star Health to offer insurance services at these citizen service centres. Willagers will also be able to avail services like railway reservation, bus and air ticketing, telecom services such as recharges and SIM sales, online recharges and bill payment at nominal charges.