Weekly Newsletter of CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, July 22, 2016  |   CSC network is one of the largest Government approved online service delivery channels in the world
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 Meet the Man Who Single-Handedly Brought Digital Literacy to an Entire Telangana Village

Nivalkar Gajanan not only transformed his life by learning how to use a PC, but has also shared his digital knowledge to improve the livelihood of 160 farmers, women and children living in a remote Telangana hamlet.

A new dawn is breaking over the tiny, sleepy village of Akoli. The village is, at long last, becoming a part of India’s development story, having been recognized as a ‘100% Digitally Literate Village.’ And the man who has played a pivotal role in this digital transformation is 34 year-old Nivalkar Gajanan.

Through a vigorous 25-day computer literacy programme, the change that Gajanan has brought in Akoli, is evident in the lives of the local citizens. Ganitha, previously a farm labourer, is looking forward to her new career as a computer instructor. Dada Rao, who had only studied up to Class 12, has found employment beyond the narrow confines of the village. Rajkumar and Geeta, once economically vulnerable and unemployed, are now working as digital evangelists, spreading the message of computer literacy in villages across Telangana.

In 2015, the Government of India announced the Digital India programme, and launched the National Digital Literacy Mission to ensure that every household in the country has at least one digitally literate individual. The initiative inspired Gajanan to start training government health and education workers on how to use the PC.

It was the first time Gajanan had trained someone in using a PC, but it was certainly not going to be the last.

“I was extremely happy that they were making such good use of the skills I had imparted. I decided to continue training and to reach out to more people,” Gajanan said.

It was when he was training students in the local government school that he struck upon the idea of training an entire village.



This is a short video from VLE  Dharmender Pandey from Sahupura, Faridabad (Haryana). The video is an Introduction of a person with disability Mr Shashi Kumar, who enrolled under NDLM. The story depicts the passion of the VLE to teach the person with disability until the student ultimately cleared the NDLM certification. VLEs are requested to share such motivating stories at marketing@csc.gov.in

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