Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the state’s drive to achieve 100 per cent e-literacy within 33 months, at a function to be held at Kanakakkunnu Palace here on January 4.
The drive aims at coordinating technology and ensuring that the benefits of information technology are accessible to even the lower strata of society.
The drive, jointly launched by both the Central and State Governments with the participation of Departments of Education, Information Technology and Panchayats, is led by the P N Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra.
P N Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra is an institution promoted by the Department of General Education. The first stage of the e-literacyproject will be implemented in 100 panchayats spread over 14 districts through which the 9th Jan Vigyan Vikas Yatra had passed since its inauguration last year by President Pranab Mukherjee.
The project, to be implemented with the financial assistance of the panchayats, aims at turning 15 lakh computer illiterates into e-literates.
Of the total expected expenditure of Rs 7.95 crore, the Central Government will provide Rs 3.75 crore.
The rest of the amount to be raised include Rs 3 crore from the plan funds of the panchayats, Rs one crore through sponsorships and Rs 20 lakh as the P N Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra’s share.
The project is led by a council which includes Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb (chairman), former Education Minister M A Baby, Palode Ravi, Pannian Raveendran, M Vijayakumar, N Balagopal (conveners) and the Secretary and Director of General Education (members).