World Computer Literacy Day is annually observed on December 2nd to create awareness about computers and to encourage the development of technological skills among people especially children and women in India.
- The day also aims to create awareness and drive digital literacy in underserved communities across the globe.
i.The World Computer Literacy Day was launched by the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), a renowned Indian computer company, in 2001 to mark the occasion of its 20th anniversary.
ii.The first ever World Computer Literacy Day was observed on 2nd December 2001.
India’s efforts to improve digital literacy:
Digital India is a flagship programme of the Government of India which aims to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA):
In 2017, the Union Cabinet approved the approved ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ (PMGDISHA) to make 6 crore persons in rural areas, across States/UTs, digitally literate, reaching around 40% of rural households by covering one member from every eligible household.
Implementing Agency: CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under the overall supervision of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology,(MeitY).
Duration: The duration of the scheme is up to 31st March 2022.
Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) or National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) Scheme was launched to impart IT training to 52.5 lakh persons, including Anganwadi and ASHA workers and authorized ration dealers in all the States/UTs across the country.