Knowledge is actionable information so systems that deal with knowledge aim to model, process and publish information that lead to practical and effective decision making. In this seminar, Professor Arunachalam will describe his institution's successful initiative to develop rural "Knowledge Centres", centres which make focussed and interpreted information available and useful to the India's rural poor.
Professor Arunachalam will describe the impact that judicious application of sustainable ICT has had in the Pondicherry region and how the initiative is planned to be scaled up to address the needs of the whole of India. He will also touch upon the issue of sustainability of such initiatives and describe how knowledge centre villages coped with the recent tsunami tragedy.
Professor Subbiah Arunachalam
Since April 1996 Arunachalam is a volunteer with an NGO devoted to working with the rural poor. His academic interests include scientometrics and information science. He is an Honorary Fellow of CILIP, an honorary member of ASIST and on the editorial boards of half a dozen professional journals including Journal of Information Science, Scientometrics and Current Science.
Trained as a chemist, Arunachalam worked for over 25 years with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, starting with research in metal finishing but mostly editing scientific journals. He was the secretary and editor of publications of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, for two years in the early 1970s. His research is mostly in the area of science on the periphery and improving access to research information in the developing world.