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We have the Digital Bus so that our children don’t miss the digital bus: NIIT Foundation Country Director – Education News

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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the digital divide to the forefront. Students who had access to the internet and digital skills had an advantage over those who did not. “It made us realize that we need to address the digital literacy gap,” said Charu Kapoor, country director of the NIIT Foundation. In an interview with Vikram Chaudhary of FEShe adds that while it is difficult for children from remote areas to go to a modern classroom, a modern classroom can come to them. “Our Digital Buses – solar-powered classrooms – teach children in remote areas digital skills. We already have nine, and soon there will be fifteen.” Fragments:

There are so many NGOs associated with companies in India. What advantage does the NIIT Foundation have?

Our goal is to empower individuals of all ages to navigate the digital landscape through interactive courses. We also facilitate placement opportunities for our graduates – whom we have trained in retail, IT & ITeS, BPO and cybersecurity.

We seek to raise public awareness among our beneficiaries by promoting sustainable development goals and encouraging participation in campaigns that promote responsible resource management practices, especially reduce, reuse and recycle.

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Finally, we support other NGOs involved in the cause and help them build their capacities.

The pandemic has brought the digital divide to the forefront. Has that ‘realization’ led NGOs like yours to re-evaluate digital skills initiatives?

The Covid-19 pandemic affected livelihoods across socio-economic boundaries, especially for the poor. It has made us realize the urgency to address the skills gap – both in critical skills and digital literacy. Today, our organization reaches beneficiaries in 25 states and 308 districts of India.

Our Digital Buses, solar-powered mobile classrooms, reach the most remote districts to provide students with access to technology and internet and offer IT courses, assessments and certification courses to bridge the digital divide. These digital buses, which offer printing solutions and video conferencing facilities, also encourage interpersonal communication skills.

There are currently nine Digital Buses running throughout the country, and six more will be added soon.

What ways do you raise money?

Our funding partners come from a range of sectors including financial/banking services, technology, steel and food and drink – all of which believe in closing the digital literacy gap. NIIT Foundation is a non-profit organization, but is also greatly supported by the NIIT Group.

Recently, NIIT Foundation and Cisco trained 500,000 students in cybersecurity…

Yes, that happened over the last two years through our ‘Cyber ​​Suraksha’ program. It included modules on online transactions, banking procedures and secure document submission, while raising awareness about phishing, malware and cyber-attacks. Cyber ​​Suraksha saw the participation of 27 states and five Union Territories.

What digital skills gap still exists between India and Bharat?

Greater exposure to technology and opportunities often benefits urban populations, helping them develop the necessary skills to get jobs. Lower technology and internet penetration often prevents rural populations from navigating the digital landscape and/or developing essential skills to access the labor market. It also excludes them from the benefits of e-governance, e-commerce and online education, further marginalizing them.

What steps can be taken to train female students in STEM education?

We have a ‘STEM for Girls program’, which promotes the development of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) mindset among young girls. It also enables women from non-STEM backgrounds to pursue careers in information technology (IT) and IT enabled services (ITeS). It specifically targets girls from rural and semi-urban government schools, with the aim of equipping them with the technological literacy needed in today’s world.

How can someone measure the impact of your skills development initiatives?

We have had 8.46 million registrations and 170,000 successful placements, covering 79% districts across 26 states and three Union Territories.

Last fiscal year, 1.65 million beneficiaries participated in our programs, of which 1.38 million successfully completed their certification. Furthermore, more than 58,000 youth participated in career-oriented programs, of which 41,500 secured productive employment upon completion. Our initiative attracted interest from diverse demographics, expanding its positive impact to the LGBTQIA+ community, people with special needs and seniors.