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Hindustan Times organizes conclave on Digital Literacy

A panel of experts from the government, private sector and non-profits debate on “Digital Literacy – Keeping India Ahead in the Information Age”

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | August 23, 2012

In times of immense digitization the key issue for India is how to integrate its citizens into an increasingly digital economy by providing them digital (computer, internet etc.) skills and preparing them for the 21st century India. To bring clarity to this issue, Hindustan Times brought together a panel of experts from the government, private sector and non-profits at Digital Literacy conclave to debate the topic:  “Digital Literacy – Keeping India Ahead in the Information Age.”

Digital Literacy conclave took place at Hotel Taj Mahal in New Delhi on August 22, 2012.

Moderating the discussion at the conclave, Gautam Chikermane, Executive Editor (Business), Hindustan Times said “Digital literacy is an essential but unexplored component of economic development and citizen empowerment in the 21st century. With this conclave, we hope to build the foundations upon which this idea can be built.”

Shantanu Bhanja, Vice President Marketing, HT Media Ltd, on the objective of the conclave said, “The need of the hour is to make our country and its people abreast with the digitization that the world is undergoing today. As a newspaper working in the field of education and literary, this conclave is a great platform to bring all influencers and players in the ICT ecosystem together to drive the urgency of making India Digitally Literate and to overcome the digital divide.”

Speaking at the conclave, Debjani Ghosh, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel South Asia said “One of the biggest concerns facing us today is the lack of user awareness about what technology can do to help their lives.  If used effectively, technology can play a huge role in driving personal growth, be it in developing job skills or providing easy access to quality education, healthcare and critical government services. Unfortunately a lot of Indian consumers are still not aware of how they can benefit from technology.  Not only does this limit growth, but will significantly increase the problem of haves and have-nots in India. Digital literacy is essential along with technology access, broadband and local content for improving national competitiveness. We are happy that the entire ecosystem is coming together to put in place a Digital Literacy mission. The sustained focus by all of us on digital literacy awareness, education and training will help India take a lead in the global digital economy and help us maintain our competitiveness and also shape a technologically empowered society.”

Panelists on the forum include Sachin Pilot, Minister of State Communications & Information Technology, Govt. of India, Debjani Ghosh, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel South Asia, Sanjay Kapoor, CEO, Airtel India & South Asia, Osama Manzar, Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation and Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman & Co-Founder, NIIT Group.

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