The National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) or IT Mass Literacy programme, the first of its kind in the entire North East, was launched by Parliamentary Secretary for IT&C, Science and Technology, Technical Education and Taxes, Tovihoto Ayemi at the conference hall of Commissioner of Taxes, Dimapur.
The programme was with the vision to empower at least one person per household with crucial digital literacy skills, where Tovihoto yesterday said that the initial aim of the mission was to train one person in every household in the age group of 14 to 60 years and that about 6600 beneficiaries would be trained in the first phase in the districts of Dimapur, Kohima and Peren. He added that the Department has conducted surveys in various villages of the three districts and now it was ready for launching the IT-Mass literacy programme. He further said that the Department would extend all kinds of assistance to make Nagaland a top performing state in the country in the IT sector.
‘This training will enable the beneficiaries to operate a computer, internet and other digital devices and would help them to effectively access the various e-governance services being offered,’ Tovihoto said.
In his opening remarks, K D Vizo, Commissioner and Secretary, IT&C said digital literacy was initially focused on digital skills and stand-alone computers but that the focus has now moved from stand-alone to network devices. He said digital literacy does not replace traditional forms of literacy but it builds upon the foundation of traditional forms of literacy.
Presenting a gist of the scheme, Enosh Kumar from the Ministry of Communication and IT said that the mission would deliver IT services to the rural people. ‘Ten Lakh people have been targeted in the country in the first phase and after their course, people would appear online examination following which they would be awarded certificates if successful,’ he said. UNI AS SS 1023 NNNN