Govt Wants To Convert 50% Of All Indians Into Digital Literates In 3 Years Under #DigitalIndia Mission


Digital Literacy

As per Indian Government, “Digital Literacy is the ability of individuals and communities to understand and use digital technologies for meaningful actions within life situations”.

Indian Government’s dedication and sincerity towards making all Indians empowered with Internet and Technology has received a new push; as targets have been assigned for its implementation. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that in 3 years, Indian Government will convert 50% of all Indians into Digital Literates.

As of now, only 15% of Indians can be termed as digitally literate.

While presenting awards for “Digital India Week’s Online Quiz Competition on Cyber Safety and Cyber Awareness”, Minister shared the Government’s commitment towards achieving 100% Digital Literacy in the country, and setting a new benchmark globally.

He said, “World is keenly watching developments in India and it is the responsibility of the youth to come upto expectations.”

The function was organized to award certificates to school children who had won this competition wherein 32 lakh school children participated from all over the India. The quiz was related with Cyber Bullying, Social Media misuse, Identity theft, Hacking, Mobile crimes, eFrauds among other skills; which not only enabled them to learn these crucial skills, but also made them expert in them, which will definitely assist them in their future.

Under PM Modi, Govt. has already launched the ‘National Digital Literacy Mission’ (NDLM), under which, around 52 lakh Indians would be imparted knowledge about Digital, Internet and Technology.

Their website showcases a live stream of updates, wherein the names and images of those students who have cleared their assessments are shared and highlighted. Interestingly, Govt. has ensured that all Anganwadi and ASHA workers and authorized ration dealers in all the States/UTs across the country are taught first, so that they can themselves spread the knowledge to other citizens.

The course related with Digital Literacy has been strategically divided into two parts:

a) Appreciation of Digital Literacy (10 hours course) and b) Basics of Digital Literacy (40 hours course)

Designed for all citizens between 14 to 60 years, there are two types of eligible candidates of this course: a) Non-IT literate – Illiterate and upto 7th standard pass and b) Level 2 : Non-IT literate with atleast 8th standard pass.

Here are more details related with the aim of spreading Digital Literacy.

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