CGI launches Digital Literacy Centre

The training will focus on various internet based services
Last Updated 14 December 2018, 18:33 IST

CGI, in partnership with Nasscom Foundation, on Thursday announced the launch of its first Digital Literacy Centre located in the KR Puram area of Bengaluru as part of its commitment to advancing the community’s technical literacy.

The centre aims to benefit approximately 1,000 people in the underserved community, providing training on how to use computers, mobile phones and other digital devices.

The training will focus on how to send email, connect on social media, buy from e-commerce websites, pay bills online, transact through digital payment modes, use online maps, and check the weather forecast.

They will also learn how to use the internet to access various government services such as Aadhar cards, ration cards, and PAN cards, as well as how to protect themselves against identity theft and other forms of cyber attacks while browsing the internet.

“CGI has a strong commitment to improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of the communities in which we live and work,” said

Commenting on the development, CGI’s Asia Pacific Global Delivery Centres of Excellence President George Mattackal said the digital literacy centre is part of fulfilling the company's strategic goal of being a caring and responsible corporate citizen.

"We plan to launch more Digital Literacy Centres across India in support of education and literacy initiatives and the National Digital Literacy Mission. The National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) works to help beneficiaries from across India reap the full benefits of a Digital India," he said.

NDLM is a dynamic and integrated platform for digital literacy awareness, education and capacity building programmes that enables rural and underserved communities to participate fully in the global digital economy.

Nasscom Foundation has trained more than 31,000 people in Bengaluru since 2014, and aims to train 15,000 more people by the end of this year.

Nasscom Foundation CEO Shrikant Sinha said India's performance in a digital first global economy depends on how equipped our citizens are with the use of basic digital technology.

"We are glad to have great partners in CGI who share this vision and are helping us fulfil it. Through our first digital literacy centre with CGI, we hope to give a chance to the underserved people living around the KR Puram area in Bengaluru to become a part of the Digital Karnataka and Digital India revolution" he said.

Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent IT and business consulting services firm in the world. With 74,000 professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from IT and business consulting to systems integration, outsourcing services and intellectual property solutions.

(Published 09 August 2018, 11:03 IST)

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