Public-private initiative supported by Intel India seeks to promote digital literacy

In support to India Digital vision, Intel India launched a Common Service Center at Unnati Kendra (UK at CSC) in Haryana. This center is intended to provide public access to digital learning and encourage local innovation based on public and private collaboration.

The goal is to open a network of 100 such facilities across ten states in 2016 up from the current 10 facilities in the state of Telengana. These centers provide access to devices, content and training for citizens in order to promote their digital and creative capabilities. Diverse training sessions related to digital literacy, computer skills and internet facilities are conducted as well as entrepreneurship, employment and vocational training guidance.

To support the work of these centers, a Digital Unnati website was launched in order to enable Village Level Entrepreneurs to learn online how to assemble PCs and increase their technology knowledge. This website will spread e-literacy and digital skills across villages throughout the country.

This collaboration between public and private institutions has led to other additional initiatives such as the Digital India Challenge that supports local innovation and entrepreneurship. This nationwide competition seeks technology solutions to solve real problems faced by rural populations. The winners from last year gained support, mentoring and funding to create their digital agricultural and healthcare solutions.

Additional Sources: Business Today