Enhancing the digital literacy skills of families in India through DISHA learning management system
Over the few last years, several programs have been created to promote the accomplishment of the goals stated by Digital India. As one of the first steps, in August 2014, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEitY) and the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) of India came up with the National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) with the idea of training 1 million citizens.
Months later, another initiative called Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) was created with the objective of providing IT skills to at least one person from every family until 5.25 people are educated by the end of 2018. So far, the program has certified 2 million students and has been nominated for the Digital Empowerment Foundation’s Billionth Award 2016 under the education category.
It consists in a learning management system or application implemented by the CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. After registering to use it, users can watch video-based classes, access e-books and evaluate their performance with tests. In order to provide training, it receives the support of 1,900 training partners in over 80,000 training centers.
According to Sanjay Kumar Vyas, additional director ad DeitY and officer of DISHA, “Digital literacy is a key component of the Union government’s vision of building an empowered society as envisaged under the Digital India initiative. Spin-off effects of digital literacy, especially in the context of rural India, would address a number of socioeconomic issues.”
Additional Sources: Live Mint