Filled with vast natural, cultural and human resources several remote districts of India are still under developed and neglected with ruthless exploitation and poverty. We believe that appreciation of national and international community towards a muss consciousness and state of art planning is needed for a happy socio economic life.
With this motivation, a group of talented young enthusiastic people established a Non-profit-organisation called SOFIA [Social-service Organization For Interaction & Assistance]. This organization seeks to respond to the needs of the Bankura's poor, still by a large rural and undereducated populace.
SOFIA, a Bankura based not-for-profit organization was registered on Feb 2001, under the "Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860" to find solutions to bridge the digital divide. With no political affiliations, it was founded by Anupam Gangopadhyay to promote BANKURA. to uplift the downtrodden and to create economic and commercial viability using Information Communication and Technology as means.
The portal of Bankura - www.bankura.org - was actively started on 5th Aug. 2001, a first of it's kind within India.
"The site will play a significant roll in the development of the district Bankura” – Minister-in-charge SC. ST. & BC. Development, Govt. of West Bengal Mr. Upen Kisku said while addressing the audience at the inauguration ceremony of www.bankura.org in the evening of 5th Aug. 2001. He also said that the site fixed to responds to the needs of all section of the society. The then Chief General Manager, Telecom W.B.Circle, Mr. S. P. Chakraborty said that this is an epoch-making event in the history of Bankura and mentioned that www.bankura.org will be model for developing websites of any district of India. Special guests like Miss Tarubala Biswas, Savadhipati Bankura Zilla Parishad and Mr. Dilip Choudhuri, District Magistrate Bankura were presented at the ceremony. Later the whole site was displayed through a large LCD screen and Mr Anupam Gangopadhyay, Secretary, SOFIA answered all the queries of the audience through an open discussion forum.
Later on 6 August 2001 “The Telegraph” covered the whole effort with a heading “Bankura.org beats the WB govt. on the field of Digital Divide”. The effort was also covered by “The Statesman”, many other local news papers published from West Bengal and many TV Channel like “Akash Bangla”, “ETV”, “Doordarshan”. Another TV channel “TMG High” conducted a one hour program through online video conferencing with famous IT- “Gurus” of India. And suggested that every districts of India should have a portal like this in future.
The site was already viewed by more than 50,000 unique national & international visitors for more than 2,50,000 times during a period of 2001-2006. The site owned several nation & international awards in web-design, web art, backend coding, popularity etc.
The site was re-launched with new designs, visuals and contents in Mar, 2007 and still under re-design process.