Amol Goje

Director, ICT for Rural Development

Amol Goje currently serves as a Director in the Vidya Pratishthan’s Institute of Information Technology, Baramati and Pune, India, where he focuses on delivering education, health, information and agricultural services through the use of ICTs to the underserved.  Dr. Amol has designed several economically sustainable computer labs in schools and colleges throughout rural areas of India.  His premier innovation is the Mobile Computer Vans, which have benefitted 25,000 elementary school children in 70+ villages for the past 12 years.  Dr. Amol has also set an initiative toward the development of 100 Self Help and group women computer skill centers, which are run by women entrepreneurs that provide skills to over 10,000 village women throughout the state of Maharashtra.  He has implemented over 13 telehealth diagnostics in rural health centers, which provide specialized cardiac care access based on IT.  He also developed mobile-based agriculture information services for farmers.  Dr. Amol received the Ashoka Fellow award in 2002, Government of Maharashtra Award for IT entrepreneurship, and the Manthan Award for Technology content for schools and community radio.