Ravi Shankar Prasad to unveil Disha app for digital literacy

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is all set to launch a new digital literacy app and handbook called Disha today. The tools are aimed at people with little to no knowledge of computers or the internet.

The initiative has come about as a way to spread digital literacy and empower such first-timers. The Disha app will contain self-learning modules on technological know-how and can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. The accompanying handbook will have easy to follow picture lessons.

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It will depict various facets of e-learning such as computers, emails, the internet, smartphones and tablets. The book has been designed by the Common Service Centres (CSC) for the express purpose of making such information accessible and simple to comprehend for anyone reading it.

Intel India is currently in collaboration with the CSC for the purpose of increasing digital knowledge across the country. It aims to train over 500 women in Bihar and has succeeded in educating 200 Dalit women so far.

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According to PTI, Prasad is going to felicitate 10 Dalit women taught under the Digital Saksharta Abhiyan scheme in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. The minister is also expected to announce cell phone connectivity in all Bihar villages within 3 years through BSNL, as reported by The Hindu Business Line.

The government-owned telecom company is supposed to construct 1000 new mobile tower stations in the state. That’s in addition to plans to roll out a total of 30 Wi-Fi hotspots in Bihar. They will be located at well-known tourist areas such as Nalanda University, Vaishali, Vishnupad Temple and Nalanda.

Smartphones are increasingly becoming a common sight in India. The Disha app and handbook signify a positive step towards developing the necessary infrastructure to support digitization across the nation.