The National Digital Literacy Mission aims to empower at least one person per household with digital literacy skills by 2020, thereby increasing the opportunity for development and economic viability. In keeping with this country-wide mission, Zensar Foundation is committed to making digital literacy accessible to urban slum communities. As part of this commitment, the first NDLM centre was launched in Hyderabad on 19th July. The centre runs from 3.30 pm to 8.30 pm. 41 students successfully completed the first batch of training. They were the first in the country to have gone through the Digital Literacy assessment held by NIELET (National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology), the relevant central government authority. The much awaited result has been announced and Zensar Foundation is proud to say that all the students have passed with flying colours.
The first National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) Centre in Pune was launched by Zensar Foundation on the 28th of October, 2014. It was inaugurated by the Pune Municipal Commissioner Mr. Kunal Kumar. Other eminent personalities such as Mayor of Pune, Mr. Dattabhau Dhankawde; Member of Parliament, Mrs. Vandana Tai Chavan; Urban Community Development (UCD) Programme Manager, Mr. Hanumant Nazirkar; and Regional Commissioner, Mr. Vasant Patil were present for the launch. The NDLM Centres will enable digital literacy as well as facilitate the use of digitally enabled services. As part of the program, at least one member per household will be trained to operate the computer and other digital access devices such as tablets and smart phones, use the Internet to search for information, send/receive emails, and access various e-governance services. This Centre has been set up in the Annabhau Sathe Samaj Mandir in the Yamuna Nagar slum community, located in Viman Nagar. The centre has been set up in partnership with the Pune Municipal Corporation and NASSCOM Foundation. In less than a year, the first two NDLM centres set up by ZF have trained over 60% of total households in the communities and enhanced their job prospects by enabling them with digital skills. Zensar Foundation’s third centre, launched in Aug 2015, is a novel one: a Digital Literacy Bus. This bus is a joint initiative between ZF and PMC, and runs in partnership with NASSCOM Foundation. The bus is outfitted with 16 computers and pre-loaded with the Digital Literacy curriculum, this enabling the bus to move from community to community in order to train participants from across Pune. The bus provides impetus to the plan for 100% Digital Literacy.