In a country with more than 6,50,000 villages, where more than half of its population live in rural areas and villages. Most are remote and too isolated to benefit from the country’s impressive economic progress. Yet there’s a growing desire among people in rural India to be part of the modern Digital India. But the last-mile delivery has always been a challenge for India due to low technology literacy among the rural citizens.
The need for digital literacy in a country as populous and diverse as India is critical. If it is used for education, health care, citizen services, financial services, or any other basic need, technology and connectivity, it can make a huge difference to the socio-economic levels of a community, and ultimately to the country, since true progress comes from inclusive growth. Digital Literacy plays a vital role in e-services like e-commerce, e-governance e-panchayat, e-learning, etc. In current scenario, technology is becoming an inevitable part of our daily life, be it using mobile phones, drawing cash from ATM machines, booking a railway ticket etc. Hence, there is a need that every individual in the country must be equipped with necessary skills so as to use the technology with responsibility. The definition of who is considered a literate or educated has evolved over time and it is not complete without Digital Literacy. Digital Literacy, according to the popular definition is the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and create information using digital technology.
Making one person in every family digitally literate is one of the integral components of the Prime Minister‘s vision of “Digital India”.Digital India vision promises to transform India into a fully connected knowledge economy, offering world class services at the click of a mouse. This vision aims to change the life in rural India by making every citizen a complete digital literate netizen.
With this vision, ICT Academy a pioneer in the field of technology education in many ways, has a noble mission to take technology to the common man, in other words, to improve ‘Digital Literacy’ in India.