Kerala to promote Digital Literacy through Student Police Cadets


Trivandrum: Kerala is all set to roll out the Digital Literacy through Student Police Cadets, a project articulated by the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) to extend digital literacy to masses through the Student Police Cadets’ wing functioning in nearly 400 schools across the State.

Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the programme on September 30, 2015 in Thiruvananthapuram. Minister for IT & Industries, Shri P K Kunhalikutty and Home Minister, Shri Ramesh Chennithala are expected to attend the function.

Student Police Cadets is a project functioning under the leadership of Kerala Police and Education Department. There are nearly 40,000 student police cadets and the objective is to spread digital literacy to citizens through these students. Safe and effective use of ICT is one of the objectives of Student Police cadets Wing. This programme will enable to fulfil this objective of SPC.

In the pilot phase KSITM is procuring 100 tablets each worth Rs. 10,000 to the student police cadets and the same will be issued to the 10 schools selected by Student Police Cadets wing. The tablets are installed with Android based Digital Literacy software developed by KSITM through Keltron. Training will be imparted to the student police cadets through KSITM.

TCS will be training partner and will work in association with KSITM in imparting training to student police cadets. The student police cadets, in-turn will be teaching citizens using the software enabled tablets. Once they have taught 100 citizens on digital literacy, then, the tablets will be handed over to the SPC schools. The pilot phase is expected to be completed within three months and a plan for the roll out phase will be submitted to government by KSITM.

There is a pre evaluation session and a post evaluation session containing 10 questions each to assess the learning. After the sessions, the citizen shall be able to send and receive mails on one’s own, shall be able to access online government services and shall be able to do online shopping.

After the successful completion of pilot phase, the programme can be extended to all schools and cadets. Every year, the programme can be implemented through new cadets, thus ensuring active the involvement of students in spreading digital literacy.

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