The Digital India campaign was launched in July 2015 by the Government of India with the aim of making all the Government services available electronically, through improved online infrastructure and increased internet connectivity. It basically emphasizes on making the country digitally empowered in the technological arena. The campaign is undoubtedly a progressive one, much needed to bring about comprehensive development. However, to strengthen it further, Intel India has launched three new initiatives backing Digital India. The new initiatives aim at designing and accelerating the digital literacy at grass root level by helping citizens in non-urban India to upgrade their skills and encouraging innovation at local level.
Establishment of Unnati Kendra at Common Service Centre
The first initiative “Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur” aims at accelerating access to technology in non-urban areas. To support the same Intel India has e-launched its latest Unnati Kendra at Common Service Centre (UK at CSC) in Karnal (Haryana). The UK at CSC is meant to serve as the common access digital learning center for the people of the state. In collaboration with the government of India, Intel India is working to launch a network of about 100 UK at CSC across 10 states. 10 such facilities have already been established in the state of Telangana. At these centers, trained personnel conduct in-depth sessions on computer skills, digital literacy and internet facilities. Dedicated sessions are also conducted on language, entrepreneurship and vocational training to create opportunities for employment, education and empowerment in non-urban areas.
Digital Unnati Website
As the second initiative of Intel India, the company has announced the Digital Unnati website which is to be launched in collaboration with the CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. The website will be helping the Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) to learn assembling a PC online and upgrading their technical knowledge.
Intel and DST- Innovate for Digital India Challenge
Intel India is also preparing to launch the Intel and DST- Innovate for Digital India Challenge later this year, the first chapter of which already met huge success. The challenge aims at supporting local innovation and entrepreneurship and conducts nationwide competition to encourage the discovery of technology solutions for solving real life problems which the citizens face. The company has also announced three winning teams of 2015 Challenge which developed solutions for healthcare and agricultural sectors.
Intel India actively contributes in digital literacy programs like the Disha Digital Literacy Programme and the National Digital Literacy Mission and has, till date, upskilled 80 lakh citizens in India, providing further momentum to the Digital India campaign.