E – learning at the doorsteps
The rural youth have little or no exposure to e-learning leave aside the challenges of training youth in ICT skills and giving them meaningful employment opportunities. Many of them have not seen computers as schools in the rural areas provide no such learning. Any desire for e-learning means going to Alwar which may be beyond their means.
Established on June 21, 2007, at Vijay Mandir, Alwar, the Computer Literacy Centre (CLC) exposes rural children to e-learning and trains youth in ICT skills. Equipped with a modern computer lab, SAPNA has tied up with Rajasthan Knowledge Corporation Limited (RKCL) to run the RS-CIT course (Rajasthan State Certificate Course in Information Technology). Windows Vista, MS office, Database management system, Internet, Personal Information Manager, etc., are part of the 132 hours (three months), two hours-a-day curriculum. It is an audio visual programme supported by a facilitator.
The end examination is online and instant e-certification is done by the Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, Kota. This certificate course is approved by the Department of Information Technology & Communication, Government of Rajasthan.
The overall objective of the project is to provide computer literacy training to the rural youth and prepare rural graduates to be “industry ready” in IT skills and hence enhance employment opportunities.
The main targeted beneficiaries are students of the rural areas who have completed their schooling (Secondary, Senior Secondary and Graduation) for whom training in some high tech. institutes would be beyond their means.