May 21, 2015: The National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), a body with Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India , has laid the foundation for its headquarters in Delhi. The headquarters will be set up in Dwarka and will focus on the importance of skill development in making National Digital Literacy Mission and Digital India Campaign, a grand success.
The institute has also announced a national toll-free helpline number 1800-11-65-11 for NIELIT students, electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) portal and digital marketing information booklet, all to promote skill development among students.
With this NIELET, aims to train 5.5 million students in ICT for jobs, ESDM and Digital Marketing courses in the coming four to five years.
Till date, NIELIT has trained over 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. Due to high quality of standards, many universities have accorded recognition to NIELIT’s non-formal courses, for lateral entry to formal courses, such as MCA, MBA etc.
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union minister for communications and information technology, Government of India delivered the keynote address on the occasion and also participated in a tree plantation initiative. Also present were 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, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union minister for communications and information technology, 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.”
Speaking on the occasion, Parvesh Sahib Singh, MP, West Delhi said, “ India has the best brains globally and we need to nurture them. Dwarka is emerging as a centre of excellence and we are pleased that NIELIT which is an integral part of the Digital Literacy Mission is establishing its headquarters in Dwarka.”
Addressing the gathering, Col. (retd.) Devinder Sehrawat, MLA, Bijwasan said, “Digitisation in governance and of all essential services is a must. It is critical to address skill development issues in the country by giving institutions like NIELIT a growth impetus and I am sure that with a dedicated headquarters in Dwarka, NIELIT will be able to reach out to more students.”
Dr Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, DeitY said ” It is commendable that NIELIT is raising funds by itself for the construction of its headquarters and this speaks highly of its growth trajectory over the years.”
Dr Ashwini Kumar Sharma, managing director, NIELIT said “ We are very happy to lay the edifice of NIELIT’s headquarters which will help us achieve corporate professionalism, diversify and become more self-sustainable, thus helping us reach closer to our targets in-line with the National Digital Literacy Mission. At our headquarters in New Delhi, we plan to dedicate resources towards developing more industry courses, in areas like digital marketing, aimed towards employability of youth especially in rural areas.”