What is Minority Cyber Gram?
Two years ago in February 2014, a pilot project named “Minority Cyber Gram” was launched in the Chanduli village of the Alwar District of Rajasthan in association with an organization called the Digital Empowerment Foundation. This initiative was taken to provide the villagers information about the digital network so that they become more empowered in today’s world.
How did it help?
The village consisted of 1300 households and from each household, two people were chosen, that is, total 2600 people were chosen from each household to partake in digital literacy. The program has now been completed and nearly 2890 people had benefitted from this program. Due to the immense success of this pilot project, the Ministry had mainstreamed the Minority Cyber gram project into a scheme called the Multi sectoral Development Program (MsDP) in the year 2014-15. Its guidelines were issued to all the State and/or the UT administrations.
Who will benefit from MsDP?
This initiative will provide the villagers and the residents of rural areas, a hands-on training of computers, especially to the students who belong to the minority communities. This program will enable them to get the very basic skills of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and empower them to actively participate in knowledge based activities. It will make them digitally literate. This will also help them to use the financial, governmental and social services available online. They will also be fully capable of using the internet for communication.
This initiative will encompass all students between Class VI and Class X, who belong to the notified minority communities and hail from the areas which are highly concentrated in minority communities. This initiative has so far approved the learning of 3, 71,657 students from West Bengal, Tripura, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The total cost of the project will be 57.79 crore.
It must be noted here that since there is no provision under the Cyber Gram project to provide equipments, no funds for the equipment allocation has been done by the States and the UTs.
Who will monitor the program?
The Cyber Gram project will be monitored by these three sources:
- Committees that will be constituted on different levels (from blocks to centre)
- Qualified monitors from independent agencies
- By conferences that will be held in the state and national levels
- Official visits of concerned authorities to the project site
Where is “Hamari Dharohar”?
Hamari Dharohar is yet another scheme which was launched to promote and support iconic exhibitions, related crafts, calligraphy and research and development of the minority communities. It was launched in the year 2014-15 around the same time as Cyber gram and has been under implementation since.
Objectives of Hamari Dharohar:
- To curate iconic exhibitions
- To preserve literature and/or documents
- To support and promote calligraphy
- “To support the heritage of minorities under the overall concept of Indian culture”
The activities which will be covered under this scheme are
- Supporting ethnic museums
- Supporting the organization of seminars and workshops related to heritage
- Providing support to a person or an organization which will further their cause of promoting or preserving the rich cultural heritage of the minority community in India
The government has recently launched several such schemes to further the casue of the preserving the minority communities and empowering the nation with digitization. These are only a few among the many.Other Articles