IGNOU to spread e-literacy at grassroots level

July 26th, 2011 - 7:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) hosted a day-long brainstorming session to create awareness about information technology (IT) and its utility in all walks of life, a university statement said Tuesday.

Held Monday, the session was organised in collaboration with the ministry of human resource development’s Human Resource Development Division and the ministry of communication and information technology.

“The objective is to enhance the use of IT in areas of a citizen’s interest by adopting simple and commonly used practices and methods,” a varsity official said.

According to IGNOU vice chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, the varsity has chalked out an action plan involving participants from all over the country for a brainstorming session on IT mass literacy.

“By eliminating the digital divide, we are eliminating all sorts of divides. The programme would be available in e-learning mode and would aim to impart IT knowledge at different levels of IT literacy,” he said.

For the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-13 to 2016-17), one of the identified strategies is to enhance skills and ensure employment generation, said C. Muralikrishna Kumar, senior adviser of the Planning Commission.

IGNOU’s 3,000 study centres and tele-centres, district and block level centres of the ministry of human resource development, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, and rural development programmes could be used for spreading the IT awareness, the varsity official said.

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