Karnataka

QR codes to promote tourism in Bidar: DC

The district administration will make extensive use of Quick Response (QR) codes and other technological tools to promote tourism in the district, P.C. Jaffer, Deputy Commissioner, said in Bidar on Sunday.

He was speaking after inaugurating a couple of QR Codes installed in front of the Bidar Fort.

These codes, when scanned with smart phones, lead to Wikipedia pages that contain the full information about Bidar city and the fort. These are expected to help tourists who come from far off places and need quick information about the monuments, he said. He observed that the Wikipedia pages about Bidar were now available in over 30 languages, including some international languages.

“There are nearly 100 listed and unlisted monuments in the district, apart from scores of tourist places and pilgrimage centres. We will put up QR codes in front of all these places,” Dr. Jaffer said. He sought the help of the Bidar Wikipedia community to add the relevant articles to the online free encyclopedia and create the codes. The DC also said the government would train schoolchildren in computing skills with the help of the Wikipedia foundation.

We will start with the Navodaya school in Basava Kalyan and then expand the programme to other schools, he said. A. Ravishankar, project director, Wikimedia India, said it was the first time that QR codes were being used for tourism promotion in Karnataka.



P.C. Jaffer inaugurates QR codes at Bidar Fort



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