Google’s Internet Sathi trains 1.5 crore women

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on April 27, 2018 Published on April 27, 2018

Google says its Internet Saathi programme, which is aimed at making rural women digitally literate and enhance their livelihood options, has touched 1.5 lakh villages so far, covering 1.5 crore women.

“Over 45,000 trainers are involved in this initiative. We are targeting to touch three lakh villages,” Neha Barjatya, Chief Internet Saathi, told BusinessLine on Friday.

Google is rolling out this programme across the country in association with Tata Trust. Each of the women trainers will be given training for two days. “They will be given smartphones. They will cover 2-4 villages, teaching women how to access digital information,” she said.

Earlier, addressing the maiden DOT, an education and technology conclave at the tech incubator T-Hub, Barjatya said access to the Internet would have social and economic impact on women. “Some of them are even taking part in social causes,” she said.

Srinivas Kollipara, Chief Operating Officer of T-Hub, said rapid changes in technology space required the IT professionals to update themselves.

Ajit Rangnekar, Director General of RICH (Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad), said the education sector was the “last bastion” that is still stuck in the old ways. “It it needs to be disrupted. I would recommend a blended learning method,” he said.

He held the IIT JEE responsible for the “destruction” of the education system. “You need to encourage your kids to pursue the subjects they love,” he said.

Published on April 27, 2018
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