Efforts to be scaled up on digital literacy

The department of electronics and information technology is set to join the National Digital Literacy Mission to boost the literacy initiative

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“In 2011, the government approved setting up of a National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) to provide broadband connectivity to all the 250,000 gram panchayats pharmacy online in the country by 2015.”

In a remote village of Tripura, Leisungak Halam, 33, secretary of a women’s self-help group, has found a new way to sell home-made pickles, sweets and turmeric powder—using Facebook on her mobile phone. The group’s income has increased to Rs. 2,000 a month per member from Rs. 500 a month earlier.

Halam is among several others who received training in using computers and the Internet under an initiative of Intel Corp. and Nasscom, to improve digital literacy in India’s villages.

The department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) is set to join the initiative, named the National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) to scale it up, J. Satyanarayana, secretary in the department, said on Thursday.

In the first phase of the Intel-Nasscom initiative that began in September last year, three villages with about 1,700 households were included in a pilot project to provide 100% digital literacy, that is, educating one person from every household.


About half of them were women. “I don’t have a computer at home, but I can upload information about our new products on Facebook from my mobile,” said Halam.

DeitY will hold “a meeting of all stakeholders, including industry and non-governmental organizations, on 9 September, where we will be finalizing recommendations to create a policy for extending digital literacy to rural areas at national level,” said Satyanarayana.

He was speaking at an event Thursday where an impact report on the initiative based on the pilot was released.

Earlier this week, DeitY set up

four committees to address issues such as creating synergy and coordination among various stakeholders, optimizing the use of existing infrastructure viagra vs extenze and other resources, setting up metrics to assess purchase viagra in the uk impact, and finalizing modes such as mobile phones to provide mass digital literacy.

The NDLM initiative is in line with the government’s National Policy on Information Technology‘s aim to make at least one individual in every household digitally literate, among other objectives.

In 2011, the government approved setting up of a National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) to provide broadband connectivity to all the 250,000 gram panchayats in the country by 2015.

Bharat Broadband was set up as a special purpose vehicle for establishing, managing and operating the network.

So far, only 59 villages have been covered under NOFN, out of the target of 1 lakh villages that have to be covered by March, as per DeitY.