Intel India on Thursday launched the Common Service Centres and an online portal for non-urban India to accelerate digital literacy at the grassroots level, and encourage innovation from the local level.
The company inaugurated 'Unnati Kendra at Common Service Centre' (UK at CSC) in Haryana, as part of its 'Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur' initiative.
This 'UK at CSC' will be common access digital learning centers for people of the state. Based on public private collaboration, Intel India is working with the government to open a network of up to 100 'UK at CSC' facilities across ten states this year, with 10 such facilities already set up in the state of Telangana, said the company statement.
At these facilities, Intel India is providing access to devices, local content and training for citizens that will also help them develop and nurture their creative capabilities. Trained personnel at these centres are also conducting in-depth sessions on digital literacy, computer skills and internet facilities, along with dedicated guidance sessions in entrepreneurship, language and vocational training, with the goal of creating opportunities for non-urban education, employment and empowerment.
Intel India also announced the Digital Unnati website, being set up in collaboration with the CSC e-Governance Services India. It will enable Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) to learn how to assemble a PC online and upskill their technology know-how.
In addition, Intel India announced the second year for its Innovate for Digital India Challenge ("Challenge") to supports local innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a nationwide competition inviting technology solutions to solve real problems faced by non-urban population.
The three winning teams of the 2015 Challenge were TJay, Asha+, and Jayalaxmi Agrotech. These teams developed commercially viable strategies and prototypes with the engineering support, mentoring and access to funds from Intel. They have created solutions for the agricultural and healthcare sector and will now have access to equity investments of up to Rs 2,000,000 per team from CIIE to take their products to market.
Speaking at the event, Robby Swinnen, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Group, and General Manager, Intel Corporation,Asia-Pacific & Japan, said "Intel India's focus on accelerating Digital India is not only contributing to empowering people with crucial digital knowledge, but is also strongly aligned to our vision of connecting everyone with technology as we progress towards a smart and connected world.
Dr. Dinesh Tyagi, CEO, CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, said, "To realize the Digital India vision, it is imperative that we evangelize the next wave of innovation to build a sustainable ecosystem for the industry to help solve local problems. Government and industry need to work together as partners to accelerate our progress towards this mission. We are proud to have collaborated with Intel India to launch its Digital Seva Skills (Unnati) website to spread e-literacy and digital skills across villages throughout the country.