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Making Rural India Rurban with the help of AI

Bringing the City to the Village. This dream of "rurbanisation" - creating bustling villages equipped with modern amenities - is becoming a reality thanks to AI.

Making Rural India Rurban with the help of AI

Monday February 26, 2024 , 3 min Read

Have you ever wondered how the vibrant hum of city life could blend with the serenity of rural India? This dream of "rurbanisation" - creating bustling villages equipped with modern amenities - is becoming a reality thanks to Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Here's how technology is bridging the gap, empowering rural communities, and improving lives:

Smarter Farming, Happier Farmers:

Startups like DeHaat empower farmers with technology-driven solutions and personalised support, facilitating smarter farming practices and ultimately leading to happier farmers. Through its mobile app and network of field agents, DeHaat provides farmers with access to essential agricultural inputs, timely advice, and market linkages.

By leveraging data analytics and AI algorithms, DeHaat offers personalised recommendations tailored to each farmer's specific needs, helping optimise crop yields, reduce input costs, and improve overall farm profitability. Additionally, DeHaat's integrated platform enables farmers to access financial services, crop insurance, and skill-building opportunities, further enhancing their socio-economic well-being and fostering a sense of empowerment and satisfaction among farming communities.

Education Revolution in the Village Classroom:

Platforms like "EkStep" and "Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing (DIKSHA)" use technology to deliver learning for students in rural schools and villages. One of the biggest use cases of Sunbird (an open source, configurable, and modular digital infrastructure designed for scale) is DIKSHA. It helps digitise content across different boards on a single platform in 36 languages, ensuring no child gets left behind.


Healthcare for All, Reaching the Last Mile:

AI-powered diagnostics: Startups like "SigTuple" and "Niramai" are developing AI-based tools that analyse medical images like X-rays and mammograms with high accuracy. This allows for early diagnoses, even in rural areas with limited access to specialists. SigTuple makes microscopy accessible to everyone by using advanced AI and robotics to automate it.

With the help of artificial intelligence and cloud technology, SigTuple simplifies the current process of microscopy, making it easier and more efficient. Niramai has created a new medical device that uses artificial intelligence to find breast cancer much earlier than usual. This device is different because it's cheaper, accurate, and can be easily used in any clinic. It doesn't use radiation, doesn't require touching, and doesn't hurt, making it suitable for women of all ages. Hospitals use this special device to test for cancer, and it's also used in regular health check-ups and screenings in rural and semi-urban areas.

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Telemedicine & remote consultations: Platforms like "Practo" connect patients in rural areas with qualified doctors virtually. This eliminates the need for long journeys and provides timely medical advice, saving lives and improving overall health outcomes.

These are just a few examples of how AI is transforming rural India. With continued investment and development, AI has the potential to:

  • Boost rural economy: Create new jobs, increase agricultural productivity, and improve market access for rural businesses.
  • Bridge the digital divide: Facilitate internet connectivity and provide access to essential online services.
  • Empower rural communities: Equip individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the digital age.

The journey towards rurbanisation is a continuous process, but with AI as a powerful tool, we can bridge the gap between urban and rural India, ensuring a brighter and more equitable future for all.

Edited by Roshni Manghnani