Investment will be under a project called Disha in identified districts, a senior government official said, adding that the programme will be critical for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, Digital India, which hopes to bridge the digital divide in the country. “The government will choose districts where this programme will be run. A basic 20-hour computer education programme will be designed for those undertaking the course,” said the official, requesting anonymity. The government will select private entity or entities, which will be paid Rs 500 per student for the training, but the funds will be released only once the people clear a test. In the second phase, those who clear the test will be given an option of taking advanced computer courses comprising a 50-hour module.
The government is expected to pay the private company Rs 1,000 per student for this phase, according to the official. Computer literacy will be key to the success of the project through which the government hopes to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats throughout the country at a cost of Rs 1.13 lakh crore.
Source: The Economic Times