National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), a body with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India has launched a unique initiative “Saksham– Power of She”. The initiative is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship among women under ‘Digital India’.
Director General, NIELIT Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma unveiling the campaign said, “women have an inborn trait towards entrepreneurship as they have to effectively manage a household. This needs to be honed so that they can step out and make a meaningful contribution to India’s economic growth.”
He further added, “with the increase in proliferation of IT and Electronics services, which has touched human lives in every possible manner, the need for entrepreneurship development in the digital space has grown manifold.”
In this unique initiative, over 200 female students from NIELIT Centres spread across different geographical locations participated through the Smart Virtual Classrooms that facilitates live interactive session through Video Conference.
These NIELIT students who are in the process of acquiring industry relevant skill sets in IT and Electronics were sensitized and encouraged to take up entrepreneurship development by a panel of experts comprising mainly of women entrepreneurs. While more such sessions are planned, the initial session was attended by students from NIELIT Centres at Chandigarh, Guwahati, Patna, Ajmer and Srinagar.
NIELIT is engaged in Capacity Building and Skill Development in the areas of Information Technology (IT); Electronics; Communication Technologies; Hardware; Cyber Law; Cyber Security; IPR; GIS; Cloud Computing; ESDM; e-Waste; IoT; e-Governance and related verticals. It offers courses both in the Formal as well as the Non-Formal sectors and is also one of the National Examination Bodies which accredits institutes/ organizations for the conduct of courses in the Non-Formal Sector.
NIELIT has established a PAN INDIA presence through a network of 41 own Centres besides 700+ accredited training institutions for conduct of O/A/B/C Levels of courses, and a network of about 9000+ facilitation centres for roll out of digital literacy programs. At present, NIELIT is skilling about 6+ lakh candidates per annum, which includes women, rural youth and under-privileged sections of the society.