Kozhikode to introduce e-literary programme

Saturday, June 4, 2005

After the successful implementation of the ’Akshaya’ programme in the neighbouring Malappuram, the administration on Friday decided to introduce the e-literary centres in Kozhikode as well, aimed at addressing the socio-economic inequities in the society by bridging the digital divide.

As part of the Kerala Government’s ambitious plan to introduce the programme in other districts, the administration would set up 176 computer learning centres in various parts of the district, Collector Rachna Shah, told a press conference here.

The scheme would be a stepping stone for generating massive economic growth and creating direct employment opportunities, among other things, the Collector said.

In the first phase of the programme, entrepreneurs will be selected to set up self-sustaining Akshaya centres at approved locations for imparting e-literacy.

Initially, the centre would impart a 15-hour-training to a member of a household, for which the entrepreneur could claim Rs 120 for every learner. Out of Rs 120, Rs 80 would be contributed by the local bodies such as grama, village and block panchayats and Rs 40 as beneficiary contribution, the Collector said.
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Source: UNI