Intel Corporation, the world's largest chip maker and a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products, has shown interest to set up production unit for low-cost battery operated ''Rural Personal Computer'' in Uttar Pradesh in India.
This battery operated PC would be useful in the common service centres which have been proposed to be established in over 16,000 villages of the state as part of the Core Infrastructure Projects development scheme of the Government. These centres would enrich the delivery system in rural areas covering 80 areas of 15 departments which include agriculture, marketing, micro credit finance, disaster information, life death certificates, family welfare, e-diagnostics, education, land records and other service sector areas. The company had agreed to provide battery opearted rural PCs for these centres and would set up a production unit for the same if demand arose. Intel also plans to introduce the course of chip designing in the top technical colleges of UP. The top chip maker in the world is willing to impart its expertise in preparing the curriculum of the technical and engineering colleges of the state in this regard and also free training for students and teachers at Banglore.