It is a fallacy that India is becoming digitally literate at all levels. In actuality, it can be seen that the digital divide in Indiais increasing due to lack of proper training in digital literacy to rural youth which in turn results in improper and unproductive use of the Internet. In simple terms, one can say that it, the Internet, is not being utilised positively in the developmental process of rural India.
Lack of trained professionals, unavailability of electricity coupled with tough terrain of interior villages has always been a major factor in inhibiting digital literacy drive in rural India.
Edimpact, a company based in Jharkhand, India, is playing a pivotal role in imparting computer skills to the unprivileged rural children through its Project 'Surya Kiran'. Edimpact has developed a mobile computer lab which is powered by solar energy and does not require conventional electric supply. A van has been redesigned with a 1KVA inverter and battery powered by solar panels on the roof. The interior of the vehicle has been redesigned to power 5 laptops and one demo computer and is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet. The system has a backup of around 7 hours (when solar energy is not available).
According to the Director of Edimpact, Mr. Sanwill Srivastava, the vehicle will go to remote villages and provide training on Computer Basics, Internet, Email, Cyber Security, Productivity Programs and Cashless Transactions.
The flexibility in design and functionality enables the Project Surya Kiran vehicle to be used as a mobile health centre, cybercafé, an IT classroom and even as a centre to organise community trainings.
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