New Delhi, Sept 5 IBNS | 2 years ago

Intel India on Thursday announced the expansion of its digital literacy efforts and launched an Android based application of Intel Learn Easy Steps - the marquee digital literacy curriculum of Intel.

As part of the initiatives undertaken under the National Digital Literacy Mission, Intel on Thursday also announced the completion of its 'Follow the Fiber' program conducted in the first three villages to receive connectivity as part of the National Optic Fiber Network rollout and released an impact study about the same.

Intel, NASSCOM and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) also felicitated trainers and some beneficiaries who participated in this program.

The event was attended by Som Mittal, President NASSCOM, N Ravi Shankar Administrator USOF and MD, BBNL, DoT, Ministry of Communications and IT, Govt. of India and J Satyanarayana, Secretary, Departments of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India along with Osama Manzar, Founder Digital Empowerment Foundation.

Intel along with NASSCOM had launched the National Digital Literacy Mission in August 2012 bringing together several players from the ecosystem on the same platform to work towards a common goal of accelerating digital literacy in India in order to help realise the government's vision of having at least 1 e-literate person in every household in India by the year 2020.

Talking about the completion of the program, Debjani Ghosh, Managing Director, Intel South Asia said "The work done in these three villages under the National Digital Literacy Mission gives us insights into the challenges at the grass roots and the impact that digital literacy can have on the lives of people.

"We hope that the impact study we're releasing today is helpful and will be utilised by the government and industry as they implement their digital inclusion programs," she said.

Commenting on the occasion, Gregory Bryant, VP, Sales and Marketing Group, GM, Intel APAC said, "Technology has the ability to drive inclusive growth by enabling access to education, healthcare and government services. Digital literacy is the first step in empowering citizens to take advantage of these services.'

"Intel is committed to driving digital literacy in India and we are proud to announce the launch of this new application that will help scale digital literacy to the grass roots," he said.

(Posted on 05-09-2013)