Intel has today launched its ‘Digital Skills for India’ program, which is an initiative to empower 5 million Indian youth by the end of next year, with basic digital skills to help them compete in the global digital economy.
The program depends on a Digital Skills Training Application to realize these goals. This new Application from Intel comprises modules on Digital Literacy, Financial Inclusion, Healthcare and Cleanliness in 5 Indian languages. Anyone can download the app for free from Google Playstore starting from 6th December 2014. A similar offline training Module in 7 Indian languages will also arrive soon.
Intel India will also collaborate with Bharat Broadband Network Limited to impart digital literacy training to key resource persons in the first 1000 Panchayats under the National Optic Fiber Network roll-out in India.
At the launch event today Shri Ram Sewak Sharma, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India said
The Digital India program is an umbrella initiative with the vision of transforming India into a digitally empowered society and a knowledge economy. For this digital transformation to be completed, it is imperative that the government and corporates work together in creating a sustainable model for digital education. It is great to see technology leaders like Intel come forward and support the cause with innovative computing solutions that will eventually help Indians harness the benefits of a Digital India.
Intel also announced its ‘Innovate For India Challenge’ which will commence in 2015. Through Innovate For India Challenge, Intel plans on seeking innovative solutions for problems related to technological development of the country.
At the event, Micromax also showcased its Canvas Tab P66, which is built in partnership with Intel India and was officially introduced few days ago. The tablet was used to demonstrate an innovative speech recognition prototype in Tamil language that can be used to control a PC simply through voice commands.
Intel also showcased the Intel Sensing Platform which combines hardware, mobile applications, analytics and cloud-based technology, which can be used to provide affordable and personal healthcare management application for masses.
Intel has been active in improving digital lifestyle of masses in India for quite some time now. Intel Teach Program has trained 18 lakh teachers in India so far, Intel Learn Program which has reached 1.8 lakh students and the Intel Higher Education Program has served over 2.35 lakh students and 4500 faculty members in different regions. Under National Digital Literacy Mission, which launched in 2012, 38 lakh citizens have received digital literacy training in India.