Intel India is now supporting Digital India initiative by enabling a digital literacy program in association with the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT).
The chip major has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NIELIT to enhance e-governance, education, innovation and to drive inclusive growth in the country.
The announcement was made at the National Level NIELIT Workshop – 2014 in New Delhi inaugurated by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications & Information Technology and Law & Justice.
The MoU is part of the digital literacy program initiated by the Prime Ministers’ Office to make one member of each house hold digitally literate in India.
Under the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) policy, NIELIT is creating a course that will be delivered to 15000 people in every state with the aim of skill development in the ESDM sector. NIELIT will assess individuals on their digital literacy capability after completion of the course.
Intel will provide inputs to the specific modules of the ESDM content and support content creation of the course as well as promote the program through the ecosystem. The company will also help in the creation of certification and assessment portal for the digital literacy program.
Debjani Ghosh, VP, Sales and Marketing Group, MD, Intel South Asia said, “This collaboration is a true demonstration of the government’s vision of fostering strong public private partnerships under the ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ philosophy to realize the dream of a Digital India.”
Ashwini Kumar Sharma, MD, NIELIT, said, the government’s aim of making one person e-literate in every household will convert India into a knowledge economy and empower citizens to compete in the global arena.”
Sharma added, “To achieve this, it is crucial for the government and corporates to work together and create a sustainable model for digital education in the country. It is great to see technology leaders like Intel come forward and support the cause.”
Intel has been actively participating in a number of digital literacy initiatives in the country. In August 2012, Intel India along with NASSCOM launched the National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) bringing together several players from the ecosystem to work towards a common goal of accelerating digital literacy in India.