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World Computer Literacy Day Celebrations at Deepalaya Vocational Traing Centres

Youth from underprivileged backgrounds enrolled in the VTC courses introduced to scope and opportunities in today’s fast-evolving digital technology landscape

New Delhi, December 4th 2018: Deepalaya’s Vocational Training Centres in South Delhi celebrated World Computer Literacy Day 2018 (observed worldwide on 2nd December every year) in a befitting manner. To mark the occasion, two workshops on the topic “Digital Technology and Digital Learning” were conducted by Mr. Chiranjeet Shah, who is currently working as Senior Coordinator (Global Events) at Honeywell Technologies. 

One of these sessions was conducted at Deepalaya VTC Gole Kuan and the other at Deepalaya VTC Sanjay Colony. Notably, Mr. Chiranjeet Shah is an alumnus of Deepalaya School, Sanjay Colony; he was a bright student who got an opportunity to study in the United States through Deepalaya’s support. 

In these workshops, Mr. Shah started his sessions by asking the students what they know about the digital world. He sought the attention of the students towards a recent study conducted by McKinsey which predicts that 400-800 million jobs could be lost due to robotics and automation adoption by 2030. In such a scenario, upgradation of skill sets from “manual” to “technology-oriented” has become the need of the hour. 

Mr. Shah further informed that currently there is a dearth of people to analyze big data, and in the near future, there will be high demand for people having knowledge about programming languages like Hadoop, R and Python. The other types of jobs in demand would emerge from Blockchain and Marketing Automation.

He also gave valuable inputs on how one can learn these skills without spending much. Professors from highly reputed Institutions like Harvard University, IITs, etc are running some online learning courses. He elaborated how one can gain knowledge on the futuristic e-learning courses by Edx, HubSpot Academy, and Coursera. 

The presentation was followed by an interactive question-answer session in which the students took part actively and got clarification on a variety of topics related to digital world. A total of 31 students participated in Gole Kuan and 35 students attended the workshop in Sanjay Colony. Ms. Komal Rathor welcomed the resource person at Gole Kuan, while Mr. Pradeep Chauhan welcomed him at Sanjay Colony. Mr. Jameskutty VE, Project in Charge, Deepalaya delivered the vote of thanks at the end of the sessions. 

Till date, Deepalaya has imparted vocational training to 13352 people (mostly women and youth from underprivileged backgrounds), as well as helped 12000 people by facilitating employment or making them self-employed. The vocational training centers in Gole Kuan and Sanjay Colony provide computer training to around 120 youngsters below 18 years of age every year, and have been running basic and advanced computer courses with the support of NIIT Foundation. The centers also aim to develop entrepreneurship, communication and personality traits amongst the students, as well guide and mentor them to be equipped for jobs in corporates and various other service sectors. 

About Deepalaya

Deepalaya is an ISO 9001:2008 certified non-government organization that believes in enabling self-reliance and is committed to working on issues affecting the urban and rural poor, with a special focus on women and children.

The NGO was started on July 16th 1979 by seven founding members, and for more than three decades, has been contributing to the crusade against illiteracy. Over the years, Deepalaya has established several projects in the areas of Education (Formal/Non-Formal/Remedial), Women Empowerment (reproductive health, SHG, Micro-finance), Institutional care, Community health, Vocational training, etc. These projects are operational in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Telengana, and Maharashtra.

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