It's not computer literacy that we should be working on, but sort of human-literacy. Computers have to become human-literate.
By traditional definition, Computer literacy is the ability to use computers and related technology efficiently, with a range of skills covering levels from elementary use to programming and advanced problem solving. By another measure, computer literacy requires some understanding of computer programming and how computers work.
If recent surveys are to be believed then there is some shock I store for the general populace; computer literacy in India is less than seven per cent. Yes, in this age of advanced technology and digitalisation, less than seven per cent of India’s population is “computer literate”.
A “computer literate” is not just any person who has used a computer for a given period of time. One needs certain skill sets to be classified as someone possessing computer literacy. These skill sets include word processing, working idea of spread sheets and search engines, browser basics amongst others.
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Our NGO working for Computer Literacy
Computer literacy is more complicated than it seems, it is something that requires more than just awareness, and it also requires focused and dedicated training.
In this time and era, India just cannot afford to function with a computer literacy rate of seven per cent. This just means that even many of our trained graduates do qualify as “computer literates”. Computer literacy may not be a burning issue in the minds of the general populace but it is a pretty big deal. It is an issue that requires funds and dedicated professionals and a lot of time but it is surely something that grows exponentially. We need to dedicate a little time and funds right now to ensure that India is not left behind.