Intel India has introduced its ‘Digital Skills for India’ program in order to give a boost to the Digital India initiative of the government. Under this program, Intel will work with the government and will educate 5 million citizens by the end of 2015 to compete in this digital age. In association with the initiative, Intel India launched the Digital Skills Training Application, which comprises of modules on Digital Literacy, Financial Inclusion, Healthcare and Cleanliness in five Indian languages. The app will be available on the Google Play store from 6th December.
Along with the app all the modules will also be offered in seven languages in the offline training mode. Intel India will also work in association with Bharat Broadband Network to formulate the capacity by providing digital literacy training to key resource persons in the first 1,000 Panchayats as part of the National Optic Fiber Network roll-out in India.
Apart from this Intel also announced the ‘Innovate for India Challenge,’ which will begin from next year. Through this challenge Intel wants to focus on technology innovation across platforms to create solutions that are relevant for India, which will be imperative if we want pervasive technology adoption in India.
Speaking about these key announcements, Debjani Ghosh, Vice President- Sales and Marketing Group, Managing Director- Intel South Asia said, “We believe that the government’s Digital India vision is going to be imperative to propel the country into its next phase of growth. The industry has been asked to participate to realize the vision, and it is now up to us to work jointly with the government to do the right thing for our country. At Intel, we believe that skill development and innovation are imperative for realizing the Digital India vision, and these are the two areas in which Intel will begin working with the government to digitally empower the citizens of India. We are proud to launch the Intel Digital Skills for India Program, which will set India on the path of becoming a digitally inclusive society. We are also excited to announce the Intel Innovate for India Challenge, which will foster local innovation for pervasive technology adoption and usage across India.”
Talking about the commitment of Intel to the Digital India initiative, 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.”