ENABLING DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT
NIELIT is keen to develop synergy for creation of industry oriented customized courses to cater to the skill development needs of companies in the area of Electronics, IT and related verticals.
The National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) is a body under the administrative control of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India. It is a professional examination body in India, which accredits training programs in IT and Electronics, specialising in the nonformal sector of education and training. Actively engaged in the development of qualified human resources in the areas of IT, electronics, communication technologies, hardware, cyber law, cyber security, IPR, GIS, cloud computing, ESDM, e-governance and related verticals, it has not only created an institutionalized model for the conduct of nation-wide examinations, both in the Online and the conventional modes, but has also made deep inroads to take skill development initiatives to the nook and corner of the country.
The Government has embarked on the ambitious ‘Digital India’ program, which is based on three fundamental pillars – to create digital architecture as a utility for citizens of India; to ensure digital delivery of services; and to digitally empower the citizens of India. Digital empowerment refers to digital literacy and essentially means that people, who may not be literate, are trained to handle digital devices so as to take advantage of e-governance and digital services and make a meaningful transformation in their livelihood. The digital revolution has begun in the country with NIELIT with its growing network of centres, including private training partners in the PPP framework, is suitably poised to take forward the National Digital Literacy Mission (also known as DISHA) that aims to bridge the digital divide. By minimising the digital divide through skill development and by providing basic digital literacy at the click of a button, NIELIT aims for more industry courses for creating jobs for the youth, especially in rural areas.
NIELIT has proactively contributed in organizing the launch of Digital India Week on July 1, 2015 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. Various programmes were scheduled in the entire week on PAN India basis through the NIELIT centres i.e. Dissemination of information on e-waste, Digital Locker, e-basta, Jeewan Pramaan, Aadhaar, Cyber Security, Cyber Hygiene, e-governance etc. In the week long celebrations more than 1.43 lakh participants were mobilized.
CAPACITY BUILDING, SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND PROCESS RE-ENGINEERING
Skills development is crucial for stimulating a sustainable development process and can make a contribution to facilitate the transition from the informal to the formal economy. The National Policy on Skill Development is aimed towards empowering all individuals through improved skills, knowledge and nationally and internationally recognized qualifications to gain access to decent employment and ensure India’s competitiveness in the global market. NIELIT plays an important role for skilling of youth in the area of IECT, especially in rural sectors and has set an ambitious target of training 55 lakh students in ICT for jobs through ESDM and Digital Marketing courses in the coming 4-5 years.
NIELIT has established itself as a premier organization having pan-india presence through a network of 31 own Centres with its Head quarters at New Delhi. It is also well networked throughout and a network of about 900+ accredited training institutions, besides a network of about 7000+ facilitation centres and is making efforts to bridge the ‘digital divide’ through skill development leading to employability of youth, especially for the marginalized sections of the society. With the objective of using technology for process re-engineering, at NIELIT, many institutionalized mechanism has been put in place. Accreditation and Registration processes have been simplified by self certification of documents. e-content in Indian Languages have been made available and citizens from remote locations are facilitated through a system of Online assessment.
The first Model Career Centre has been setup at NIELIT Calicut. This historic step would facilitate the aspiring youth from rural
and weaker section of the society to take advantage of career guidance and counseling services. The NIELIT Centre at Srinagar/ Jammu is setting up ‘smart classrooms’ in 200 government schools in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which seeks to improve the quality of education through the proactive use of technology.
NIELIT has a strong presence in the North Eastern Region of India. The only, one of its kind, Cyber Forensics Lab and Training facility has been set up at NIELIT Kohima, well equipped with the latest tools
EMPOWERING ‘RURAL INDIA’
NIELIT has rolled out Digital Marketing courses for rural artisans, weavers, traders etc. so that they can avail the benefits of e-commerce revolution taking place in the country. It will help the trainees understand the fundamentals of digital marketing and effectively utilizing the online sales channel and will include practical training on cataloguing, IT skills and social media tools required for selling online successfully. Recently, a Digital Marketing Course was launched for Warli Artists at Talasari, Maharashtra. NIELIT is constantly striving towards making meaningful contribution to the Digital India initiative and believes that the Digital Marketing will empower small and medium sized businesses across the country and help them tap the big Indian e-commerce opportunity.
With shift towards a knowledge society, the change in working conditions and highspeed evolution of digitization has become important in everyday life. It was also an effort to showcase the government’s steps on making an easy access to technology and governance.
SUPPORTING ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ THROUGH SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN ESDM
The Electronics Manufacturing sector has a lot of potential for large-scale employment of ITI graduates, Diploma holders, etc. With rapid growth in Electronics Industry, reported at USD 1.75 Trillion, it is the largest and fastest growing manufacturing industry in the world and expected to reach USD 2.4 Trillion by 2020. The estimated incremental human resource requirement till 2022 at the level of Diploma/other equally certified skills is about half a million; about 3 lakhs for ITI/ Vocationsl Course; approximately 4 lakhs for other graduates (non-engineering); and that of 10th/12th pass are more than 6 lakhs.
The employment in the Electronics industry is estimated to grow phenomenally. Hence to facilitate skill development in ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) sector focusing on students/ unemployed youth, ITI, Diploma, Nonengineering graduates, etc. to increase their
NATIONAL DIGITAL LITERACY MISSION (NDLM)
employability to work in ‘Manufacturing’ and ‘Service support’ functions.
Need for the scheme arises from the fact that the present education/skill development system at both formal as well as non-formal level is not vibrant enough to meet the emerging requirement of the ESDM sector. Hence, it is essential for the Government to intervene and create an enabling requirement for increasing the numbers of skill providers (both in public and private domain). The key players in this initiative are identified as (i) Electronics Sector Skill Council of India (ESSCI), (ii) National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology and (iii) Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC), besides skill providers (both public and private), educational institutions in the States and UTS, etc.
In Phase –I, a total of 90,000 persons are to be supported under the scheme in 8 States, which has now been scaled up in Phase –II under the aegis of ‘Digital India’ programme launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister. The Phase –II would cover all remaining States/uts of the country in order to facilitate creation of an eco-system for development of ESDM sector in the entire Country for facilitating skill development for 3,28,000 persons in ESDM Sector in period of 4 years. Many NIELIT Centres are also equipped with state-of-the-art Electronic Labs and undertakes niche courses in areas such as Embedded System, VLSI, Industrial Automation etc.
NIELIT provides for a dynamic and integrated platform to support digital literacy awareness, education and capacity programmes that will help rural communities take lead in the global digital economy and help them in maintaining the competitiveness and also shape a technologically empowered society. NDLM is an effort to complement the objectives of National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) plan to transform one from each household as digitally literate. Under NDLM, we pledge to work with multi-stakeholder to Digitally Literate at least One adult from each of 147 million rural household of India. It will be an ecosystem of digital literacy awareness, education and training that will help India take a lead in the global digital economy and help us to maintain the competitiveness and also shape a technologically empowered society.
e-governance has steadily evolved from computerisation of government departments to initiatives that encapsulate the finer points of governance, such as citizen centricity, service orientation and transparency. NIELIT takes a holistic view of e-governance initiatives across the country and integrates them into a collective vision and a shared cause and is therefore expanding its infrastructure reach to the remotest of villages in the country through opening its own Centres in places like Lunglei in Aizawl, Kekri in Ajmer, Leh in J&k, to name a few. A large-scale digitization of records has been initiated in NIELIT Office to enable easy, reliable access and to do away with the use papers, thereby creating “Simple, Measurable, Accurate, Relevant and Transparent” (SMART) governance.
The Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad at the foundation stone laying ceremony, NIELIT headquarters Dwarka, New Delhi
Cycle rally organised for sensitising residents of Harijan Basti about Digital India
Dr. Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Diety, Dr. Ashwini Kr. Sharma and Tanushree Deb Verma, Director, Directorate of IT and BT, during the workshop on Skill development in ESDM sector at Banglore
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Signing of MOU between Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, and Debjani Ghosh, Managing Director, INTEL South Asia, for screening of NIELIT ESDM courses by industry and promote Digital India Mission
The MOU was signed by Dr Ashwini Kumar Sharma and Lt Gen. (Retd) Dr S. P. Kochhar, CEO, Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSCC) to carry out ESDM training across India
Exchanging of MOU between Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma and Kunal Bahl, CEO & Founder, Snapdeal, for rolling out digital marketing courses