- To spread awareness in slum areas on Digital Literacy
– Hon’ble Secretary of DeitY Shri R.S. Sharma flags off rally
Taking forward the mission of the ongoing Digital India Week, the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), a body with the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India has spread the message of digital literacy through a cycle rally from Electronics Niketan (CGO Complex) to Harijan Basti (Valmiki Colony), Mandir Marg, with a view to sensitize the local residents of Harijan Basti about ‘Digital India’, which is an enabling framework, irrespective of age, gender, caste or religion. 50-60 officials of NIELIT, DeitY, Industry, etc participated in the rally followed by an interactive session with the local residents led by Dr. Ashwini Kr. Sharma, MD, NIELIT. The NIELIT officials elaborated on the benefits of various e-Governance initiatives, including digital literacy, Swacch Bharat, Make-in-India etc. The initiative showcased the Government’s initiatives to make access to technology and governance an extremely easy process, besides highlighting the endeavor of the Government in ensuring that the information regarding various Schemes of the Government reaches to the last citizen of this country. Shri RS Sharma, IAS, Secretary, DeitY flagged off the cyclists from Electronics Niketan.
Flagging off the Cycle RallyShri RS Sharma, IAS, Secretary, DeitY said “A strong base will enable us to take forward the Digital India Mission and build a knowledge economy. As such, it is imperative that we reach out to all corners and sections of society and educate them about digitization.”
Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, Managing Director, NIELITsaid that it is our humble endeavor through the cycle rally to move beyond religion, caste, class to spread awareness about the various components of Digital India, especially to the underprivileged sections of society.
NIELIT has trained over 20 lakh students in the last two decades across 31 NIELIT centres besides a network of about 900 accredited training partners and nearly 6000 facilitation centres. More than 9 lakh candidates have been skilled by NIELIT in 2013-14 as against about 4 lakh in the previous year (2012-13). Due to high quality of standards, many Universities have accorded recognition to NIELIT’s non-formal courses, for lateral entry to formal courses, such as MCA, MBA etc. However, in-line with the Government’s thrust on the Digital India Campaign, NIELIT has also set an ambitious target of training 55 lakh students in ICT for jobs, ESDM and Digital Marketing courses in the coming 4-5 years.
More than 9 lakh candidates have been skilled by NIELIT in 2013-14 as against about 4 lakh in the previous year (2012-13). Due to high quality of standards, many Universities have accorded recognition to NIELIT’s non-formal courses, for lateral entry to formal courses, such as MCA, MBA etc.