Sri Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) of New Delhi, India has launched its telemedicine centres in Haryana and Rajasthan. A public-private partnership (PPP) between the government and SGRH, the telemedicine technology initiative has been started in two rural areas;in Gohana in Haryana and in Kaithun in Rajasthan. While inaugurating the telemedicine centre, the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Kapil Sibal said, this is the first time that any government has taken this initiative. The success of this project can be imagined from the fact that the Gohana centre has examined 5,000 rural patients in the past six months. The government will open 15 more such centres in next two years. SGRH will soon start tele-ophthalmology and mammography vans connected by an ISRO satellite to SGRH. These vans will be stationed in different States and will visit different villages every day. The hospital has also devised a working model called “Village Resource Centre (VRC)” in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Space. This model will be utilised to provide healthcare services to rural areas. The network consists of four nodes located at Gohana, Sonepat and Kaithun. The VRCs will also provide a variety of services like tele-education, tele-medicine, e-governance services, information on weather services and water management.