Sarbani Banerjee Belur
Sarbani Banerjee Belur represents Gram Marg rural broadband initiative located in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. I am a Senior Research Scientist working with Gram Marg, IIT Bombay. We have been working in the domain of rural connectivity since 2012. Gram Marg, IIT Bombay has been working on seeding the growth of community networks amongst indigenous Warli tribes located in the remote rural villages of Palghar district in Maharashtra. Currently we are working along with BAIF Development Research Foundation (BAIF), Pune, Maharashtra on revival of cultural practices (Warli art, tribal music, paper mache art) and biodiversity conservation in trial villages of Jawhar and Mokhada in Palghar district of Maharashtra.
More about Gram Marg can be found in www.grammarg.in.
More about Sarbani can be viewed in her homepage and blog.
Blog: sarbanibelur.blogspot.com, https://rising.globalvoices.org/blog/2019/01/20/exploring-models-of-sustainability-for-rural-connectivity-in-indian-villages/
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