Indus Towers, the world’s largest telecom tower company (outside China) in association with NIIT Foundation has unveiled a Digital Transformation Van (DTV) in Vadodara to promote digital literacy in rural areas.
The DTV was flagged off by Dr. Jigeeshaben Jatinbhai Sheth, Mayor, Vadodara Municipal Corporation. The event was also graced by the presence of dignitaries including Ajay Bhadoo, VMC Commissioner; Satish Patel, Standing Committee Chairman; and Sudhir Patel, CEO, Vadodara Smart City.
The 20-seater solar-power enabled bus act as a digital classroom equipped with computing and printing technology, software and e-learning tools to empower the rural population with technology skills. The program has five components, namely digital literacy as part of the national digital literacy mission, IT education, entrepreneurship development program, common public utility services and video conferencing consultation.
Through this initiative, Indus Towers in association with NIIT Foundation aims to reach out to 48,000 lives across 12 villages in Vadodara.
Under the program, digital literacy will be provided to 100 children/adults, IT literacy to 40 people, entrepreneurship development training to 20 people, video conferencing sessions to 700 beneficiaries and online services through Common Service Center (CSC) to 2,000 beneficiaries per month per village. To further develop capacity building in digital literacy, NIIT will also certify the beneficiaries who have completed all the courses, which will make them eligible for other high level courses and host of other benefits.
Commenting on the inauguration, Nishith Dave, CEO – Gujarat Circle, Indus Towers said, “Promoting education is the first step towards transforming a society and at Indus Towers we are extremely proud to be working towards it in collaboration with the NIIT Foundation. Through this initiative, we aim to impart and benefit thousands of lives and help them enrich the present-day advancements of learning, seeking information around the globe and gaining additional knowledge across sectors.”