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National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM)

The Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) or National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM)  Scheme has been formulated to impart IT training to 52.5 lakh persons, including Anganwadi and ASHA workers and authorised ration dealers in all the States/UTs across the country so that the non-IT literate citizens are trained to become IT literate so as to enable them to actively and effectively participate in the democratic and developmental process and also enhance their livelihood.

 Altogether 52.5 lakh persons, including Anganwadi and ASHA workers and authorised ration dealers will be trained under the programme in two phases. In the first phase, 10 lakh beneficiaries will be trained under the scheme. Out of this, 6.3 lakh beneficiaries will be trained on Level 1 and 2.7 lakh beneficiaries will be trained on Level 2. Nine lakh beneficiaries will be eligible for training fee support from the government. The rest 100,000 beneficiaries will be trained by the industry and civil society partners. Under Phase II, 42.5 lakh persons will be trained, which also includes Anganwadi and ASHA workers and authorised ration dealers.

Definition of DIGITAL LITERACY

“Digital Literacy is the ability of individuals and communities to understand and use digital technologies for meaningful actions within life situations”.

Two levels of training under the SCHEME

The two levels of IT training envisaged under the Scheme will have the following broad objectives:

Appreciation of Digital Literacy (Level 1)

To make a person IT literate, so that he/ she can operate digital devices, like mobile phones, tablets, etc., send and receive emails and search Internet for information, etc.

Basics of Digital Literacy (Level 2)

Besides IT literacy at a higher level, the citizen would also be trained to effectively access the various e-Governance services being offered to the citizen by the Government and other agencies.

Eligibility Criteria

Level 1 :  Non-IT literate - Illiterate and upto 7th standard pass

Level 2 :  Non-IT literate with atleast 8th standard pass

Age :  14 to 60 years

Course Duration

Level 1 :  20 Hours (Minimum 10 Days and Maximum 30 Days)

Level 2 :  40 Hours (Minimum 20 Days and Maximum 60 Days)

Medium of Instruction

Level 1 and 2 :  Official Languages of India

Fee

Level 1 :  For SC/ ST/ BPL Households, no training fee payable and for General candidates, course fee of Rs. 125 applicable.

Level 2 :  For SC/ ST/ BPL Households, no training fee payable and for General candidates, course fee of Rs. 250 applicable.

Place of Learning

The eligible households can nominate one person from their family. The selected person to get himself enrolled under this programme in a nearest Training Centre/ Common Service Center (CSC).

Evaluation

Independent external evaluation will be conducted by a National level certifying agency like NIELIT, NIOS, IGNOU, etc.

 

Implementation Process

 

NGOs, Industry, Government authorized centres, Common Services Centres (CSCs) and authorized educational institutions with appropriate infrastructure will be utilised to train and empower 52.5 lakh citizens on IT literacy in Gram Panchayat/ Blocks/ Districts of each State/ UT. The training will be held at various training locations including CSCs, Adult Literacy Centres, NIELIT Centres, RSETI, NGOs involved in IT Literacy, etc.

A detailed implementation plan is as below:

·         The Scheme has been declared open for all VLEs across all districts and blocks of India.

·         All CSCs can now register and train candidates from any Block/ District of the country as per the prescribed eligibility criteria.

·         Eligible person to be enrolled in the nearest NDLM Training Centre using their Aadhaar (UIDAI) number

·         Unique Username and Password to be provided to the beneficiary

·         Learners to study the self learning e-modules through the LMS

·         Continuous assessment at the end of each module

·         Attendance on a daily-basis using Aadhaar number

·         On fulfilling the minimum number of learning hours and successful completion of assessment, the learners will be eligible to appear for Real time examintaion process in collaboration with NIELIT 

·         Certificates will be issued to successful candidates.

Monitoring of the Scheme

District level Committee

District e-Governance Society under the Chairmanship of District Magistrate/ Collector with concerned Department. & representative of NGO / implementing agency to oversee / monitor the implementation at the block level.

At State Government level

Apex Committee headed by the Principal Secretary (IT) with representative of Department of Education, Panchayati Raj & Social Welfare.

At Central Government Level

An Empowered Committee will be constituted under the chairmanship of Secretary, DeitY. This committee will be empowered to take decisions regarding any policy level interventions in the Scheme.

Periodic concurrent evaluation of the Scheme implementation would be done through a third party by the Implementing Agency.

 

Eligibility Criteria

 

One person in the age group of 14 to 60 years from every household which is digitally illiterate would become eligible for consideration under the Scheme:

Financial assistance for various categories include:

·         75% of course fee for General category trainees (25% of the course fee to be borne by trainees).

·         100% of course fee for SC/ ST and BPL category trainees.

 

Assessment Process

 

ter the completion of training, the trained candidates shall have to undergo a term-end online examination at a centre of the certifying agency.

The training would be imparted through modules covering various subjects under digital literacy. The details of the modules of both Level 1 and 2 are as below:

Appreciation of Digital Literacy (Level 1)

MODULE NO.

MODULE NAME

LEARNING HOURS

1.

Introduction to Digital Devices

2

2.

Operating Digital Devices

4

3.

Introduction to the Internet

2

4.

Communications using the Internet

6

5.

Applications of Internet

6

 

Total

20 hours

Basics of Digital Literacy (Level 2)

MODULE NO.

MODULE NAME

LEARNING HOURS

Essential Modules

1.

Introduction to Digital Devices

2

2.

Operating Digital Devices

4

3.

Accessing Government Services

6

4.

Safety and Security in Digital Technology

4

 

Essential Modules – Total

16

Optional Modules

1.

Word Processing

6

2.

Spread Sheet

4

3.

Presentations

4

4.

Basic Use of Multimedia

6

5.

Introduction to the Internet

2

6.

Communications using the Internet

6

7.

Applications of Internet

6

 

Optional Modules – Total

34

 

Total Learning Hours Available

50

 

Minimum Learning Hours required for Level 2

40

Questions for the assessment would be based on the modules covered under Level 1 and 2. The number of questions and the time duration for the assessment would be:

·         Level 1   – 25 questions, 60 minutes

·         Level 2   – 45 questions, 60 minutes

Objective and True or False questions will be asked during the examination.

 



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