Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on 10 August 2015 launched a new mobile app named Disha to promote digital literacy in Bihar. The app aims to help people learn about computers and Internet through self learning modules.
The app also aims to offer digital literacy to tribal and Dalit women in the state. The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.
The Ministry also launched Disha handbook that has pictographic lessons on computers operations. The Disha handbook is framed by the Common Service Centres (CSCs) for the purpose of digital literacy.
The book was composed to ensure that anyone with little or no digital literacy can also learn using this book. This initiative is aimed at spreading digital literacy in women from tribal and Dalit background in Bihar.
About Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA)
• The Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) mission was launched on 21 August 2014 with an aim to provide digital literacy to non IT literate citizens.
• The scheme imparts IT training to 52.5 lakh persons that include Anganwadi and ASHA workers and authorised ration dealers in all the States/UTs across the country.
• The training is conducted in collaboration with Intel, which is working with the Common Service Centres (CSCs) for the purpose of digital literacy in India. So far Intel has trained over 200 Dalit women.
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Who: Mobile app Disha
When: 10 August 2015