National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) Centre was launched at Khulewadi slum near Chandan Nagar in Pune. The centre will train underprivileged communities in digital literacy. Cybage Software Pvt Ltd and NASSCOM Foundation have jointly announced the launch at a press conference on Thursday.
Cybage will facilitate the training infrastructure and trainers at the centre. The centre is expected to train 500 people in a year on all digital devices, specifically, computers and mobile phones. Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said that digital literacy is the single largest tool for the empowerment of the underserved and rural communities. “Though sending an email might look like a small task, it can play a major role for the underprivileged classes. Like many other success stories we have, digital literacy has helped these participants successfully find a new way to employ themselves and move ahead in life,” added Sinha. He mentioned that the initiative aims to synchronise vocational training with digital literacy to help the underprivileged community.
The training will enable the participants to send emails and network on social media. Digital literacy will help them to use the internet to avail various government services as well. While interacting with the media, Ritu Nathani, Director, Cybage, and Managing Trustee, Cybage Khushboo, the CSR arm of Cybage Software Pvt. Ltd said that Digital Literacy is one of the important pillars of the ‘Digital India’ campaign.
“Cybage-Khushboo is relentlessly engaged in shaping the lives of economically deprived individuals by fulfilling their educational aspirations. It gives us immense pleasure to partner with the Digital Literacy Volunteering Campaign initiated by the NASSCOM Foundation,” said Nathani.