Information technologies enable access to universal knowledge, quality education, good healthcare, transparent governance and economic opportunities. In the past few decades, advances in IT have brought tremendous growth and benefits to our generation. However, these benefits are not reaching all equally or if reaching, reaching too slowly.
In India, people with low literacy level and from low-income families, which constitute the significant percentage of India’s total population, lack skills, knowledge, tools and capabilities to learn, access and use IT in everyday life.
Most public schools in underserved areas do not have basic infrastructure for educational technologies, access to computer based educational contents and knowhow to teach IT based curriculums.
A very large percentage of India’s population is at risk and may be left behind, if these problems are not addressed. Prompt attention is needed to overcome these challenges.