Crossing the digital divide...
THIS YEAR December 2 witnesses World Computer Literacy Day WLCD -- commemorated by NIIT. For the day, NIIT promises to make 2,00, 000 Indians computer literate, while imparting them computer training in four languages, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Tamil apart from English in collaboration with Airtel, Cyber media/Dataquest, and Web Dunia an Indian entrepreneurial venture into creating language software.
Aimed at 25,00 locations all over India on a single day, claimed to be the world's biggest computer education event, the literacy campaign is all set to bring together people divided on digital grounds. The first timers and others will be provided with a free copy of language software for use of a specified period. Also 10,000 principals, teachers and students of Government schools across the country will be imparted free computer literacy this day.
Under WLCD, individuals will undergo training for two-weeks, learners will be able to work on regional language software, which they can use free, at home for a specified period.
Pramod Mahajan, Union Minister of Information and Technology, welcoming and supporting the cause, also decided to have special session for all Parliamentarians and policy makers, the MPs to be organised by NIIT "to show them how computers can help them run their offices and monitor their work," he said.
"Last year, NIIT helped over 1,00,000 Indians cross the digital divide on this day, hence, a larger campaign this year, " informs Rajendra S Pawar, NIIT chairman.
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