Kozhikode: More than 10,000 persons in the district have become e-literate through the Akshaya Project launched in Kozhikode on December 16, under the aegis of the Kerala State IT Mission and the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT), in association with the local self-Government bodies and Government departments.
Of the total 176 centres planned for the district, 147 centres have been certified. C. Babu, Akshaya assistant coordinator, said the e-literacy programme, initiated with the objective of bridging the digital divide and making at least one member in every family e-literate, has received good response from all sections of the public, especially the elderly and women.
The e-literacy drive was expected to initiate e-learning, e-payment and e-business. "People from all sections of society attend the classes, which focus on basic applications. For instance, 70-year-old Kunhappa Kurup from the Talikara centre in Kayakodi grama panchayat who enrolled for a 10-day training course of 15 hours duration, now visits the centre every day. A retired employee of the Nadapuram Cooperative Bank, Mr. Kurup is planning to join the second phase — e-vidya programme. The third phase would comprise an Internet package."
At the Nellolithazha centre in Koilandi Municipality, 70-year-old Kumaran Nair, an LIC agent, is an equally enthusiastic e-learner. In Olipara sub-centre in Beypore grama panchayat, a 93-year-old woman switched on the launch. K.V. Sreenath, campaign executive, said since there was no basic qualification to enrol for the course, a sizeable number of women from coastal belts was drawn to e-learning.
The Kudumbasree self-help groups were proving to be good channels in enlisting learners, he said. Students are not enlisted at the centres, as they are provided the facility in schools.
He said it was noticed that women preferred to attend classes in the morning, while men attended the classes during evening hours.
Besides the 147 Akshaya Centres opened in the district, sub-centres were being set up depending on demand, for convenience of learners with the cooperation of the grama panchayat. Each centre was expected to train 15,000 persons, with a target of 5.71 lakhs persons within six months in the district, with at least one member of every family becoming e-literate.