Rural Energy Independence

Even today, hundreds of millions of people across hundreds of thousands of villages in India woke up to a day with no access to electricity, or any of the education, connectivity empowerment or opportunity that electricity we take for granted. Top-down efforts reach urban areas but have difficulty percolating down or self-sustaining in remote rural areas. Rural Energy Independence is the crucial enabler, leading to clean water and air, rural employment and reversing urban migration. It demands coordinated efforts in skill development, basic education, local buy-in, test bed development and research.  Where end users cannot buy or operate the systems ahead of economic advancement, innovative avenues must synergize NGOs, micro-credit, corporate and university resources, and public policy.

The Global Indian Business Council is happy to announce the GSU/GIBC SMART VILLAGE ROADMAP 2017. This conference on rural energy independence will be hosted on Friday March 17, 2017 at Georgia State University‚Äôs Robinson Business College, Buckhead Center at Tower Place 200, # 610, 3348 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. To register, please see the website at
Or contact Narayanan Komerath (, Dr. Sushil Nifadkar, ( or Dhiru Shah (
The slate of speakers and panelists include the Consul-General of India in Atlanta, eminent professors in business and engineering, experienced veterans of NGOs, rural education, manufacturing and skill development, as well as business and communications experts, focused on how to bring about true rural energy independence. The all-day conference starts at 7:45 and ends by 5pm. The Tower Place site offers convenient deck parking and is close to the Buckhead MARTA station.