- Initiative taken in collaboration with NIIT Foundation to promote digital literacy
- To impact 48,000 lives across 12 villages in Vadodara
Reaffirming its commitment towards improving the quality of education in rural India as part of the National Digital Literacy Mission, Indus Towers, the world’s largest telecom tower company (outside China), today unveiled a Digital Transformation Van (DTV) in Vadodara to promote digital literacy in rural areas. The DTV was flagged off by Dr. Jigeeshaben Jatinbhai Sheth, Mayor, Vadodara Municipal Corporation. The event was also graced by the presence of dignitaries including Shri Ajay Bhadoo (IAS), VMC Commissioner, Shri Satish Patel, Standing Committee Chairman and Shri Sudhir Patel, CEO Vadodara Smart City. Launched in association with NIIT Foundation, the initiative to launch the digital literacy program has been taken by Shri Manish Kumar S. Bhatt, IT Director that seeks to contribute towards making Vadodara as the knowledge hub of Gujarat.
The 20-seater solar-power enabled bus showcased today will act as a digital classroom equipped with computing and printing technology, software and e-learning tools to empower the rural population with technology skills. The program will have five components, namely Digital literacy as part of the National digital literacy mission, IT education, Entrepreneurship development program, Common Public utility services and Video conferencing consultation.
Through this initiative, Indus Towers in association with NIIT Foundation aims to reach out to 48,000 lives across 12 villages in Vadodara. Under the program, digital literacy will be provided to 100 children/adults, IT literacy to 40 people, entrepreneurship development training to 20 people, video conferencing sessions to 700 beneficiaries and online services through Common Service Center (CSC) to 2000 beneficiaries per month per village. To further develop capacity building in digital literacy, NIIT will also certify the beneficiaries who have completed all the courses, which will make them eligible for other high level courses and host of other benefits.
Commenting on the inauguration, Nishith Dave, CEO-Gujarat Circle, Indus Towers, said that, “Promoting education is the first step towards transforming a society and at Indus Towers we are extremely proud to be working towards it in collaboration with the NIIT Foundation. Through this initiative, we aim to impart and benefit thousands of lives and help them enrich the present-day advancements of learning, seeking information around the globe and gaining additional knowledge across sectors.”
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jigeeshaben Jatinbhai Sheth, Mayor, Vadodara Municipal Corporation,said that, “We strongly believe that knowledge is the key to transformation, and it is indeed a moment of pride that we have been able to successfully launch the Digital Transformation Van to promote quality digital education in the state.”
Vadodara is fast becoming the knowledge capital of Gujarat and is on its way to become an IT hub. The initiative launched by Indus today will help spread digital literacy awareness, education and create capacity building that will help rural and the under-served communities to fully participate in the global digital economy.