Digital Education

Digital India programme

Digital Education

India has quarter of million gram panchayat. Under the digital literacy programme on an average 200-300 candidates would be trained to ensure that the programme renders desirable result.


The 71st NSSO Survey on Education 2014 has found that only six per cent of rural households in India have a computer. This means more than 150 million rural households, equivalent of 94 per cent of 168.50 million households do not have computers and a significant number of these households are likely to be digitally illiterate. The PMGDISHA being initiated under Digital India Programme would cover 60 million households in rural areas to make them digitally literate. This would empower the citizens by providing them access to information, knowledge and skills for operating computers and digital access devices.  At the same time the government is pushing for cashless economy encouraging people to do cashless transactions through mobile phones, the course content would also have emphasis on digital wallets, mobile banking, unified payments interface (UPI), unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) and Aadhaar enabled payment system (AEPS), etc.

How is this possible is a question the government seems to have taken seriously, as the government has made a huge allocation to help achieve this through a rural digital literacy programme.   Accoringly, the government is coming out with a massive programme to make 60 million rural households digital literate through a programme called Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA). The mega investment programme will usher in digital literacy in rural India by March 2019. This will be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world.

Under the scheme, 2.5 million candidates will be trained in the current financial year; 27.50 million in the coming year and 30 million in the following year. To ensure equitable geographical reach, each of the 250,000 Gram Panchayats would be expected to register an average of 200-300 candidates. 

Digitally literate persons would be in a position to operate computers and digital access devices like tablets, smart phones, etc., send and receive emails, browse internet, access government services, search for information, undertaking cashless transactions, etc. and hence use IT to actively participate in the process of nation building.  The implementation of the Scheme would be carried out under the overall supervision of Ministry of Electronics and IT in active collaboration with States and Union Territories through their designated State Implementing Agencies, District e-Governance Society (DeGS), etc.