Vodafone & NASSCOM Foundation, CGI launch Digital Skills Development Program
Vodafone & NASSCOM Foundation, CGI launch Digital Skills Development Program – Vodafone India Foundation, in partnership with CGI and NASSCOM Foundation, announced the launch of ‘DigiSakshar.org’ a web digital skills portal that aims to assist citizens of India become self-reliant through digital literacy.
A CSR initiative of Vodafone Idea, developed under their ‘Connecting permanently program’, DigiSakshar aims to empower the marginalized communities and help them become a neighborhood of the digital economy.
DigiSakshar, has been developed to assist communities graduate to digital literacy and use this data to create and enhance their livelihood, thus encouraging the digital have-nots and digital novices to become a neighborhood of the industrial revolution. Additionally, to offering digital literacy to communities, the self-learning portal also drives them towards better job and entrepreneurship opportunities helping them become self-reliant.
The Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited, launched the portal ina an event along George Mattackal, President, Asia Pacific Global Delivery Centers of Excellence, CGI, e-Governance Services India Limited and Ms. Preeti Arora, Head Learning Resources and Technology, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) alongside Ashok Pamidi, CEO and Santosh Abraham, vice chairman from NASSCOM Foundation.
Speaking at the occasion, P. Balaji, Chief Regulatory and company Affairs Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited said, “Vodafone Idea is committed to developing communities where we operate in and our commitment is well encapsulated in our company’s mission statement. we’ve transformative initiatives within the domains of Agriculture, Education, Health, Women Empowerment which are positively impacting many Indians per annum. Today, as a part of our commitment to extend digital literacy and help communities learn digital skills, I’m delighted to announce the launch of Digisakshar – which I’m sure will contribute to a resilient and skilled India.”
CGI is among the most important independent IT and business consulting services firms within the world, committed to serving as a caring and responsible corporate citizen through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. With this partnership, CGI is going to be developing self-learning content in multiple languages to reinforce the digital skills curriculum. Additionally, CGI will help strengthen DigiSakshar’s technology infrastructure for better access and enhanced user experience.
“At CGI we attempt to form a positive impact through technology,” said George Mattackal, President of Asia Pacific Global Delivery Centers of Excellence, CGI during the launch. “Through DigiSakshar, our goal is to assist enable digital literacy and contribute to improving the social and economic well-being of the communities during which we live and work.”
NASSCOM Foundation has program managed the creation of the portal and is additionally working towards a CSR based sustainability model for an equivalent.
Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said. “NASSCOM Foundation is one among the primary organizations to understand the potential of digital literacy and convey it to the underserved communities through ‘Follow the Fibre’ initiative in 2011. We now bring our ten years’ worth of experience of creating millions to become digitally literate to make the simplest fit portal for digital literacy and skills as self-reliant India through digital literacy. With digital literacy through physical centers taking an enormous hit thanks to the present crisis, Digisakshar hopes to supply a secure online learning environment for Digital Novices to find out new skills.
Vodafone Idea has been one among our most bankable partners in our quest towards using technology for social good, and that we thank them for his or her continuous and unwavering support. CGI who has always encouraged Digital literacy through various initiatives with us will still support Digisakshar. We hope that this partnership grows further and that we bring more such innovative and scalable technology solutions to assist make real change happen.”
The liberal to use portal provides over 40 courses in both Hindi and English, designed for all age groups and curated to hide basic, intermediate, and advanced knowledge on digital skills. The courses range from basics of computer operations, handling mobile phones, using the internet securely, digital payments, finding jobs and livelihood opportunities, accessing common and government websites, and lots of more.
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