To make success of the National Digital Literacy Mission and Digital India Campaign of the Government of India, the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), a body with the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communication and IT, Government of India laid the foundation stone of its headquarters in Dwarka, New Delhi.
On the occasion, a national toll-free helpline number 1800-11-65-11 for NIELIT students, Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) portal and Digital Marketing Information Booklet were also unveiled.
In line with the Government of India’s Digital India Campaign, NIELIT has set a target of training 55 lakh students in ICT for jobs, ESDM and Digital Marketing courses in the coming 4-5 years. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Communication and Technology, Government of India, also participated in a tree plantation initiative along with Pravesh Sahib Singh, MP, West Delhi, Col. (retd.) Devinder Sehrawat MLA, Bijwasan, R.S. Sharma, Secretary, DeitY, Dr. Ajya Kumar, Joint Secretary, DietY, and Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, Managing Director, NIELIT.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “A digital revolution has begun in the country. NIELIT will be the centre of digital empowerment in India by minimising the digital divide through skill development and by providing basic digital literacy at a click of a button. NIELIT’s efforts to start digital marketing courses are commendable as artisans, traders etc from all corners of the country should be digitally trained to take full benefits of the ecommerce revolution taking place in the country.”
Parvesh Sahib Singh, MP, West Delhi said, “India has the best brains globally and we need to nurture them. Dwarka is emerging as a centre of excellence and we’re pleased that NIELIT which is an integral part of the Digital Literacy Mission is establishing its headquarters in Dwarka.”
Dr. Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, DeitY said, “It is commendable that NIELIT is raising funds by itself for the construction of its Headquarters and this speaks highly of its growth trajectory over the years.”
Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, Managing Director, NIELIT said, “We are very happy to lay the edifice of NIELIT’s headquarters which will help us achieve corporate professionalism, diversify and become more self-sustainable, thus helping us reach closer to our targets in-line with the National Digital Literacy Mission. At our headquarters in New Delhi, we plan to dedicate resources towards developing more industry courses, in areas like Digital Marketing, aimed towards employability of youth especially in rural areas.”
NIELIT has imparted skill education to more than 9 lakh candidates in 2013-14 as against 4 lakh in 2012-13.