30 Apr '15, 3pm

Ashok Jhunjhunwala: Reengineering Rural India

The first time Ashok Jhunjhunwala and his team helped install an ATM in rural South India, around 2005, the villagers didn’t like what they saw: They knew that the new bank notes it issued would be suspected as counterfeit, in contrast to soiled notes, considered authentic because they’d been in circulation. Ashok Jhunjhunwala IEEE Fellow Age: 61 Occupation: Cofounder of the TeNet group Location: Chennai, India Hero Moment: Promotes robust and affordable technologies to lift up India's poor. It was an eye-opener for Jhunjhunwala, a professor of electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), who heads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks (TeNet) group there. His goal was to develop a low-cost ATM that could run on solar power, to serve villagers who typically had limited or no access to financial services. Jhunjhunwala had to redesign th...

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