Keeping in mind the language barrier for most people in rural parts of Tamil Nadu, digital literacy is being provided to students in both English and Tamil. Additionally, the medium of videos is frequently adopted by the trainer to ensure faster learning among students through an engaging and interactive medium. After watching one such video, nine-year-old Dhanusri asked the CIRC Coordinator if she could set an alarm on his phone. And without anyone help, she was successful in setting an alarm for 5:10 pm on Centre Coordinator Ram’s smartphone. Meanwhile, hotspot service is now available to community members.
Prior to this, the local staff was trained in handling and using the Internet WiFi hotspot machine.
DEF has implementing its Digital Cluster Development Programme (DCDP) in Tamil Nadu through its five CIRCs in Natraj Nagar of Musiri Taluk, Manamedu of Thottiyam taluk, Thattayyangarpettai, Mangalampudur and Paithamparai of Thattayyangarpettai Taluk in Tiruchirappalli district. The project objective is to develop a traditional skill-based cluster into an integrated digitally enabled cluster to empower artisans, weavers, entrepreneurs for socio-economic prosperity. Since the centres were established in May, 887 people have enrolled for the basic digital literacy course and 95 others have availed citizen services through the five centres that are run by DEF in partnership with MPhasis.