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Survey of Rural India: A Comprehensive Study of Gram Panchayat and Community Development Block (In 27 Volumes)

N. Seshagiri (Author)

Integrated development of rural India is one of the challenging tasks for the Government of India. Although considerable progress has been made towards the socio-economic development of rural masses, yet much more remains to be achieved in new and emerging areas, such as telecommunication, transport, energy, physical infrastructure, e-governance, etc. An invaluable source of very wide and deep information—this publication (in 27 vols.) is a monumental work on rural India and rural-oriented initiatives undertaken by the country. The work draws upon painstakingly collected authentic and updated information, which has been meticulously presented through a standard format for each of the 6311 Community Development Blocks—specified rural area earmarked for the purpose of development administration, across different states and regions of the country. Concerned scholars, researchers and development practitioners will find the publication highly useful to know deeply about rural India. Present four vols. (Vol. 1 to 4) of the series (released so far) cover two major states of Southern India, namely, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

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About the author

N. Seshagiri

Dr. N. Seshagiri did his Doctorate in Computers and Telecom from the Indian Institute of Science in 1964.  He was a scientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research from 1966 to 1971. In 1971 he joined as Director in the Government of India.  He founded the National Informatics Centre (NIC) in 1975 and was its Director-General till 2000, while simultaneously holding the post of Additional Secretary since 1984, Special Secretary in the Planning Commission since 1993 and in the Ministry of Information Technology up to 2000. Currently he is Emeritus Scientist in CMMACS of CSIR and Advisor to HCL Infosystems Ltd.  He set up NiCNET, the first nationwide computer network in India and a PSU: NIC Services Inc.  Under his guidance computer centres were set up in every Ministry/ Department of the Central Government, State/UT Governments, and over 500 District Administrations.  Under his sustained initiative NIC developed over 6000 databases and associated software packages including several Nagar Palika and Rural databases as well as Urban and Rural Planning software.  He coordinated the formation and implementation of liberalized Computer and IT Policies of GOI in 1984, 1986, and 1998 and contributed to the liberalized Telecom Policy.  Some of the awards and honours to his credit are: 'Asiad Jyothi' awarded by the President of India; Udyog Jyothi Award; Om Prakash Bhasin Award for Telecom; Vikram Sarabhai Research Award; Dataquest Award for Lifetime Contribution to IT; Elcina Lifetime Award; Nafen IT Excellence Award; and Systems Society Gold Medal.  He was an elected Governor of the International Council for Computer-Communication at Geneva, a nominated Governor of UNESCO Institute for IT in Education at Moscow, and a Director of IT pour la Development Internationale at Paris.  He is Fellow of several scientific and technical Academies and Institutions.  He has authored 8 books, edited 8 other books and authored over 85 research papers.  The President of India awarded to him 'Padma Bhushan' in 2005.

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Title Survey of Rural India: A Comprehensive Study of Gram Panchayat and Community Development Block (In 27 Volumes)
Author N. Seshagiri
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.07.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788121211000
length Colour Illustrations; 29cm.