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Modi at Wembley: ‘My India is in that Imran Khan from Alwar’

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New Delhi: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a massive crowd at Britain’s Wembley Stadium on Friday, he mentioned a teacher from Alwar, who donated 50 mobile applications for educational purposes to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

“My India is in that Imran Khan from Alwar,” said Narendra Modi at Wembley Stadium while addressing over 60,000 people celebrating British-Indian ties.

Imran Khan, who was introduced as “Mister Android” by the PM is a teacher at a government Sanskrit school from Alwar in Rajasthan. Khan has developed over 50 mobile applications for educational purposes. These apps are already available on android setups and have been downloaded by over 2.5 million users until now.

He has contributed these applications to the Digital India and E-learning initiatives.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani praised his efforts to develop such innovative and user-friendly applications, “Imran Bhai has done a stupendous job. Dedicated his educational apps to d Nation on d 7th of November in Delhi.” She tweeted.

The 34-year-old Khan is a mathematics teacher at the government Sanskrit senior secondary school in Alwar. He has no formal training in computers or application designing and has learnt all his skills from books or Google. Khan also owns a website www.gktalks.com to answer general knowledge-related questions.

He expressed his delight on the achievement of his initiative and the recognition given by the government. He believes it’s his duty as a teacher to make education simpler and accessible to all students. He aims at giving benefits to students from all walks of life through his digital applications, said Imran in an interview to a magazine.

Since as many as 40-45 percent people choose to use mobile services in their local language, Khan intends to find a translator for his work.

Post this acknowledgment from Modi at Wembley stadium, Khan is now further motivated to bring diverse e-learning platforms for facilitating self-study amongst students. Furthermore, he wants to boost creativity in students and not just passive education.

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Is Internet Usage In India Calculated In A right Manner?

According to industry experts, the research methodology to derive the average number of Internet users would entail a large-format survey.

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According to Mohanty, Internet usage is calculated based on the number of people using Internet. Pixabay

If we look at government or independent research figures, Internet users in India are growing exponentially — currently hovering around 560 million and likely to cross 600 million by the end of the year.

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India has amn Internet subscriber base of nearly 560 million, including 482 million broadband subscribers – which means 43 per cent overall Internet penetration.

The country has 366 million Internet subscribers in urban locations and 194 million in rural areas, says the latest TRAI report that came out in December.

The “ICUBETM 2018” report from market research firm Kantar IMRB said this week that the number of Internet users in the country will reach 627 million by the end of this year.

The numbers are overwhelming but when it comes to the methodology behind deriving the average number of Internet users, there appears some gap.

For example, if a person in a family has 2 mobile numbers and he or she uses multiple devices for Internet access, how is that accounted for?

According to industry experts, the research methodology to derive the average number of Internet users would entail a large-format survey.

“Such a survey would typically cover 50,000 to 1,00,000 households in India, spread across urban and rural India, and covering all socio-economic classes (SEC) segments,” says Satya Mohanty, Head-User Research Practice, CyberMedia Research (CMR).

According to Mohanty, Internet usage is calculated based on the number of people using Internet.

“Therefore, if in one household, there are three people using one device PC/smartphone, then it is calculated as three users instead of one user,” he told IANS.

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The numbers are overwhelming but when it comes to the methodology behind deriving the average number of Internet users, there appears some gap. Pixabay

The average number of users derived from the sample survey is extrapolated to the total number of households in India to find out total number of users.

“For example, consider that the survey findings point to the average number of Internet users per household being 2.5. And, in India, there is 250 million households. Replicating the average figure of 2.5 with the total number of households, we have 625 million Internet users in India,” Mohanty elaborated.

According to Kantar IMRB, their latest “ICUBETM 2018” report covered over 70,000 individuals, selected through a sampling process across over 400 urban areas and more than 1,500 rural locations.

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“As data costs plummeted, more Indians than ever before are experiencing broadband for the first time on mobile”. Pixabay

“ICUBE members are of users and not subscribers. Thus people carrying multiple phones will be counted as a single user,” Biswapriya Bhattacharjee, Executive Vice President, Kantar IMRB, told IANS.

Similarly, Bhattacharjee added, a person using his or her spouses/parents’ phone for Internet access will also be counted as an Internet user.

One thing, however, is clear: the data usage is growing thanks to Reliance Jio, along with the increasing number of smartphone and entry-level feature phone users.

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“Jio has been a transformative force in enabling digital inclusion, by connecting the unconnected. Since its foray, Jio has achieved a remarkable feat of covering 95 per cent of India’s population with aggressive 4G network roll-out aided by innovative pricing strategy,” Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group, CMR, told IANS.

“As data costs plummeted, more Indians than ever before are experiencing broadband for the first time on mobile,” Ram added. (IANS)