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Wednesday, February 08 2023

Digi Vikas: 25 Bgk GP libraries to go digital by June 10

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Bagalakote: Students, youth and job seekers of rural areas will no longer have to look for internet or computers. Gram Panchayat libraries are being given a digital touch under the Grama Digi Vikas Programme so that the needy can access technology and digital facilities in their own village.

Digi Vikas has been implemented in 1200 Gram Panchayat libraries in the State through Vikasana Programme in collaboration with Education – Foundation, DELL Institute, and Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department. Under this, each library will get a 32-inch Smart TV, 4 android mobiles, and 1 year inernet free. Where there is no internet connection, the router wi-fi is provided.

In the first phase, 12 Gram Panchayat libraries including Hunnuru, Huliyala, and Kunchanuru in Jamakhandi Taluk, Theggi, Heggura, Siddapura, Girisagara, Herakala, and Anagavadi in Bilagi Taluk, Yadahalli, Simikeri and Tulasigeri in Bagalakote taluk have been selected. By June 10 in Bagalakote Taluk a total of 25 Gram Panchayat libraries including 5 in Mudhol Taluk, 3 in Badami Taluk, 10 in Jamakhandi Taluk and 3 in Bilagi Taluk will get digital facility.

These facilities will help youth, job seekers, students and the public to use technology. The Shiksha Pedia app has been installed and the registration number will be given. Those who have registered will be given digital lessons and skills through video and audio. Mainly for the Class VIII, IX and X, the students have been equipped with content that complements the curriculum. The main objective is to deliver technology to the rural areas as a whole and to impart skill training.

In order to prevent misuse of the internet and apps, the parent app has been installed on mobile phones. If anyone leaves the guidelines and searches, the message will reach the controller. The controller gives his consent only when it is on the right track. Otherwise, they will refuse and avoid misuse.

A graduate, and person trained in computers will be appointed at gram panchayat libraries facilitated under Digi Vikas. This resource person will train youth and students on technology, and digital skills every Sunday as well as information about mobile applications and use of apps. An honorarium of Rs. 1,000 will be given to these persons every month.

Speaking to NewsKarnataka, Grama Digi Vikasana Programme District Co-ordinator Suresh Gadadar said, “The Village Digi Vikas Programme has been implemented for the benefit of youth, job aspirants and students from rural areas. Everyone should take advantage of this free facility. The main objective of the programme is to transform rural libraries into digital libraries.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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