On Feb 8, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved an outlay of Rs 2,351.38 crore as ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ (PMGDISHA) to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate by March 2019. Under the scheme, 25 lakh candidates will be digitally trained in the fiscal year 2016-17, 275 lakh in FY 2017-18 and 300 lakh in FY 2018-19.

In this breakneck technology pace, Anudip Foundation’s unique online skill development initiative Digital Inclusion of Young Aspirants or DIYA (meaning “lamp” in Sanksrit) launched almost a year back through its two innovative platforms – Digital Learning Centres and Digital Academies equip marginalized youth with impactful digital-age employment skills and scalable livelihood opportunities. DIYA covers an array of professional courses using cutting-edge technology which will hone young talents from the rural and peri-urban locations of the country for a digital career.

Furthering its benefits, Dipak Basu, Chairman and CEO of Anudip assures that DIYA “intends to kindle India into a digitally enlightened society and knowledge economy and we are happy to find that Anudip’s vision to create digital livelihoods aligns with the Government’s digital momentum in India’s hinterland.”

(Source: The Hindu)

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