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Govt to finalise plans for spreading digital literacy this month

Online Education

6-Sep-2013

The Economics Times

The government will hold deliberations with NGOs, industry and other related parties this month to finalise plans for spreading digital literacy across India, especially in blocks and villages.

The plan, which seeks to leverage government’s ambitious National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN), aims to create the right eco-system to provide basic computer operating skills to at least one individual in every family.

“This month on 9th, we will hold marathon sessions with NGOs, industry and other related parties to chalk out a plan for spreading digital literacy across the country. We expect to finalise the plan by this month-end,” DEITY Secretary J Satyanarayana said on the sidelines of a Intel event here today.

Besides DEITY, Ministry of Human Resource Development and other related ministries will also participate in the day-long deliberations, he added.

The event also marked expansion of Intel India’s digital literacy efforts with the chip maker launching an Android based application of its Learn Easy Steps.

As part of the initiatives undertaken under the National Digital Literacy Mission, Intel also announced the completion of its”Follow the Fiber’ programme conducted in the first three villages to receive connectivity as part of NOFN roll out and released an impact study about the same.

Intel, NASSCOM and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) also felicitated trainers and beneficiaries who participated in the programme.

“The work done in these three villages under the National Digital Literacy Mission gives us insights into the challenges at the grass roots and the impact that digital literacy can have on the lives of people,” Intel South Asia Managing Director Debjani Ghosh said.

Intel along with IT-ITeS industry body NASSCOM launched the National Digital Literacy Mission in August 2012 to participate in the government’s plan of making at least one e-literate person in every household in India by 2020.

“We feel that digital literacy will precede literacy. As the government rolls out NOFN, the industry will assist in the effort of working towards digital literacy by generating content and providing trainers and equipment to achieve the dream,” NASSCOM President Som Mittal said.

Intel’s Learn Easy Steps curriculum is a digital literacy training curriculum, focusing on integration of technology in daily life in simple ways and teaches users how technology can improve productivity, employability and impact livelihood.

The firm has trained over 1.7 million individuals in the country over the last 18 months using this curriculum.

It has created the application to scale digital literacy and take it to the next level at the grass roots and will be freely available from September 5, 2013.

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