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Monday, March 30, 2015

Digital India: Intel and Technologies

Digital India and e-governance sounds like the big dream seen by our prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi. He is making sure that the government leaves no stones unturned in making this dream a reality. With sky high visions, India is definitely on the top of world's eagle eye lens.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted - "While we look at e-Governance, let us think about 'Mobile First' and thus give importance to m-Governance (mobile governance)."

There are several organisations which have come forward to contribute and help. World's most popular chip maker - Intel is leveraging its technical knowledge to the fullest when it comes to fluffing the dream of #DigitalIndia. Intel has taken the first step towards m-Governance. As promised, Intel has already launched the much awaited mobile application in December 2014. The application called - "Digital Skills for India" is an easy to operate application which starts with the very basics of learning to use the mobile tablets and then move ahead to making the rural India learn about some very important areas.

Here are some key highlights of the application:
1. The application is available in six languages - English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujrati, Tamil, Kannada.
2. It covers six basic modules namely - Health Care, Hygiene, RTI, Agriculture, Banking, Education.
3. If the person does not know how to use the tablet or the smart phone which is very common in rural India, the application also has a tutorial for the same. Well, I have to mention that the tutorial is only in English and that's the only negative point I could find about the application.

4. The information available in each module is just apt for the basics. Wherever required, customer care numbers etc are also provided.
5. To get the idea of how the app works in local language, I browsed through some sections in Hindi and was quite impressed by the simplicity.

That's not enough, below were some pointers through which technology giant Intel is helping India become e-India:
1. Adopted three villages in Andhra Pradesh, Tripura and Rajasthan and setup digital literacy training camps. These villages now have 100% digital literacy as recorded by 1 person digitally trained per household.
2. The learning program has reached more than 1.8 lakh students in India.
3. NDLM (National Digital Literacy Mission) launched in 2012 along with Nasscom trained more than 16000 young Indians with the help of more than 400 volunteers in just 7days during the Digital Literacy Week.

The next big step much awaited is the launch of "Innovate For India Challenge" which targets at creating India friendly solutions with the help of technology innovations across several platforms.

This with technology at its base, various platforms have enormous opportunities knocking at their doorstep to be grabbed and make the dream of e-Governance in India a true reality.

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