Santosh Kumar Choubey

Ashoka Fellow
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Fellow Since 2011
AISECT

Citation

This profile was prepared when Santosh Kumar Choubey was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
The New Idea
Santosh sees a future where rural citizenry would be left behind if tools, such as science and information technology that have been accelerating development in urban India, are not also made accessible. Santosh bridges the educational and digital divide between urban and rural India, by adapting these tools to local contexts and spreading them to create equal opportunities for rural India.

By designing educational and skill development tools as the context evolves, Santosh has continually redefined what that bridge means over the last twenty-five years—moving from science to literacy to information technology. Targeting the poorest and most isolated regions of India, he has created a dense network of entrepreneur driven centers that deliver quality science and IT education to rural citizenry. Along with various affiliated services the centers also enhance youths’ skills and generate local opportunities. Santosh believes that to create a widespread entrepreneurial network, compassion must be built into the institution’s design. He sees the choice of services and the manner in which they are delivered playing a critical role in building compassion into the DNA of the network.

In 1985 Santosh founded the Society for Electronics and Computer Technology (now AISECT). It has become a robust IT training and educational services network with an unrivalled spread over 8,500 centers across twenty-seven states and three union territories. AISECT has worked with close to one million students through a host of skill enhancement programs and generated over 10,000 entrepreneurs in India.
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