Thiruvananthapuram : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on Saturday launch an ambitious programme that makes Kerala into India’s first state to achieve a 100 per cent e-literacy state despite having conceded its top position in literacy to Tripura last year.

The total e-literacy programme being spearheaded by PN Panciker Vigyan Vikas Kendra, an institution promoted by General Education Department, with the support of Central and State governments is aimed at enabling the state to achieve the rare distinction within 33 months.
The objective of this programme is to ensure that all sections of society benefit from Information and Communication Technology. In the first phase, over 15 lakh people in 100 villages are expected to become computer literate.
The drive will be carried with the active cooperation of IT, local self-government and education departments, state-run Kerala Electronics Development Corporation (Keltron), Akshaya centres, set up earlier under the total e-literacy project, and other voluntary organisations.
About 10 resource persons will be selected in each village and they will initiate the e-literacy training and awareness drives in their locality.
Persons in the age group of 14 to 80 who have already completed the computer literacy programme prescribed by India Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will also be issued certificates under the programme.
Over 33 lakh families from seven districts in the state have already been provided computer education under the Akshaya project launched by the government. Of this 25 lakh families were trained through Akshaya centres and 8.57 lakh families trained through other sources.
Project Akshaya was started as a pilot project in the district of Malappuram on November 18, 2002 to ensure that at least one member in each of 64 lakh families in the state, an e-literate. A 100 per cent e-literacy rate was achieved in Malappuram,Kannur, Kozhikode, Kasargod and Kollam districts, it is claimed. Eranakulam and Thrissur districts have also achieved 85 per cent and 89 per cent e-literacy under the programme.

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