R-ETC(Rural Engineering Technology Clubs)
Council for Science and Technology for Rural India (CSTRI) and Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI) at IIT Madras (IIT M) have embarked on a quest titled, “Rural Engineering Technology Clubs (R-ETC)”, with the intention of enthusing, encouraging and enabling Rural Engineering students to identify problems in Agriculture and Self Help Groups as Production units in our villages and to provide solutions using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Namma Ooru was envisioned as a tool to disseminate the village specific information i.e. History, location, Panchayat announcements, information on various government schemes, heath initiatives, real estate development, village resources on maps and tourism etc. Namma Ooru Social Collaborative Platform is a joint initiative of RTBI and National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI). The initiative took place between November 2010 and December 2011.