India Launches Disha Digital Literacy App


India’s Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has officially launched Disha, a digital literacy app aimed at helping Indian citizens improve their Internet and computer skills. The Android app uses a self-learning methodology to deliver its digital literacy training and is free to download on the Google Play store.

Along with the Android app, Prasad also announced the launch of the Disha handbook, which was designed by the Common Services Centers to facilitate learning through pictographs for people with little or no digital literacy skill. The book has been developed to particularly help Dalit and tribal women in the region by making it easier for them to acquire digital skills through visual instructions.

The Common Services Centers (CSCs) are working closely with Intel to promote digital literacy across India. Among the initiatives included in this project, Intel will offer digital literacy training to over 500 women in Bihar. Up to this moment, more than 200 Dalit women have received digital skills training thanks to the partnership.

The goal is to enable Dalit women to gain substantial digital literacy skills and then share that knowledge by training other individuals, exam prep portal JagranJosh notes.

On the day the Minister announced the Disha launch, he also congratulated the ten Dalit women in Bihar who have successfully completed their Digital Saksharta Abhiyan training.

The Digital Sasksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) app aims to empower women through digital literacy. The IT training is targeted toward 52.5 million people among them Anganwadi and ASHA workers as well as authorized ration dealers in states across India.

Disha was launched in August, 2014 with the mission to help IT illiterate individuals improve their digital literacy skills. Developed by the National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM), Disha aims at making it easier for Indian citizens to actively participate in the democratic and developmental activities of their communities and improve their livelihood as a result.

The app is available in three languages, Bengali, English and Hindi, and users can watch training videos, take self-assessment tests and download study material to learn about computers and the Internet.