Computer literacy in India is said to be the minimal and basic knowledge of computers that includes elementary skills of programming. Anyone who is comfortable with basic computer programs and other ground level computer functions can be called a computer literate.
The phrase ‘Computer literacy’ holds a completely new definition in the developing third world countries. What is appalling is that in these nations less than half the population is acquainted with computers. While in the first world countries, the economy is developing faster because of the immense progress in the world of science, technology and information practice, the developing nations are yet to be aware of the same. Recent surveys have revealed shocking results that show that computer literacy in India is less than 7%, like many other nations. Many claim to never having heard of or seen a computer, let alone be comfortable with computer programming.
Computer literacy, experts have argued, is not only important but necessary. It should be given as much importance as providing food, shelter and clothing, because computer literacy is the foundation for a progressive and developing nation. The most revolutionary step taken up in this direction has been the Hole In The Wall Experiment by Prof. S.Mitra, who has proved through his experiments that the unprivileged lot can acquire computer literacy without any strict and proper guidance if they are provided with the basic learning tools. Computer literacy is the only way for India to walk towards a global change. It is promising and can completely change the picture of rural India.
Computer Literacy in India with the help of initiatives like the Hole In The Wall Experiment can create positive outcomes.
If a chain of computers are set up in the rural areas, people will be able to access and hence gain computer knowledge. It can help increase computer literacy as well as help the villagers aspire for better jobs and employment facilities.
For children and adults alike, computer literacy can help them improve and hone their skills in mathematics, basic calculation and also English.
Many children cannot follow what is being taught to them in the village schools. Some have problems understanding English, the medium of language they are taught in. This has led to a huge number of cases of dropouts. Computer literacy, as surveys have pointed out, have reduced dropout rates at primary education level.
Computer education has been proven to spark the interest towards learning in children of 6 to 15 years of age. This has led to better attendance in schools and education centers.
Most of the villages still do not let their girls learn. Girls are supposed to stay at home and help their mothers in the kitchen or work in the fields. These kinds of initiatives that pay attention to both genders alike are the only way for these girls to attain education.
Basic education and counselling programs also work towards improving the mindset of the children and can prevent them from getting involved in petty crimes.
Science and technology needs to be thought of as a tool for reformation in the developing nations like India. Computer literacy is India’s only way make a place for itself in the times of mechanization and globalization.