Union Minister for Electronics & Information technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, inaugurated National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) in New Delhi at Dwarka.
On the occasion of inaugural speech the minister urged all concerned departments to gather resources in order to make India a truly digital state. In order to implement the skill development programs more effectively he said "NIELIT should strive to ensure that it has presence through at least one own Centre in each state".
"NIELIT has endeavored to lead by example and is empowering youth through Skill Development and Capacity Building initiatives. In addition to Digital Literacy the demands for skilling in basic Cyber Security concepts has also increased manifold, and NIELIT is equitably poised to address this challenge", Mr. Prasad said in his keynote address.
"We are working towards transforming India into a digitally empowered nation, and imparting digital literacy to the last miles of rural India holds the key here. The Common Services Centres (CSCs) have so far done a great job in this direction; our target is to provide training on digital literacy to 6 crore citizens, which will be certified by NIELIT", said the minister.
Till now NIELIT has launched 70 different apps for Android Smart Phones on various topics like CCC (Course on computer concepts) in 11 different languages and 51 other skill oriented courses.