With a Plan to train 5.5 million students in information and communication technology (ICT), electronic system design and manufacturing and digital marketing, National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) laid the foundation stone for the institute’s headquarters at Dwarka, New Delhi.
Being a part of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry Communications & IT, NIELIT has already given training to more than 2 million students in the last two decades across 31 NIELIT centres besides a network of about 900 accredited training partners and nearly 6000 facilitation centres. NIELIT has now set an ambitious target of training 5.5 million students in the next four to five years, highlighting the Digital India Campaign launched by the government.
The government also launched a national toll-free helpline number 1800-11-65-11 for NIELIT students along with Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) portal and digital marketing information booklet.
Union minister for communications and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad was present on the occasion along with Parvesh Sahib Singh, MP, West Delhi, Col. (retd.) Devinder Sehrawat, MLA, Bijwasan, R.S. Sharma, secretary, DeitY, Dr. Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, DeitY and Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, managing director, NIELIT.
Delivering the keynote address, Prasad said, “A digital revolution has begun in the country. NIELIT will be the centre of digital empowerment in India by minimising the digital divide through skill development and by providing basic digital literacy at a click of a button. NIELIT’s efforts to start digital marketing courses is commendable as artisans, traders etc from all corners of the country should be digitally trained to take full benefits of the e-commerce revolution taking place in the country.”
Many universities have accorded recognition to NIELIT’s non-formal courses, for lateral entry to formal courses, such as MCA, MBA due to its high quality of standards. While 0.4 million candidates were skilled in the year 2012-13, NIELIT trained more than 0.9 million candidates in 2013-14.