IT literacy mandatory for govt officials in Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: Considering the utility of OS-CIT, an IT literacy course designed by the Odisha Knowledge Corporation Ltd (OKCL), the Odisha government has come up with a proposal to make the course mandatory for recruitment and promotion of government employees.

This was discussed at a high-level meeting presided over by chief secretary JK Mohapatra at the State Secretariat here on Wednesday.

The chief secretary asked the OKCL and the higher education department to design IT literacy courses for secondary and higher secondary students and make specific arrangements for teaching, learning and conducting examinations and award of co-branded certificates on IT courses through the joint efforts of the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Board of Secondary Education (BSE) and OKCL.

Mohapatra also asked the OKCL to devise user-friendly modules for senior citizens to enable them to stay in touch with their family members staying away from them and facilitate their day-to-day transactions.

A public limited company with equity of the Odisha government and the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL), OKCL has taken up e-Learning, e-Empowerment and e- Governance projects for promotion of Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) in Odisha.

To provide opportunities to more people, OKCL has already promoted more than 224 Authorized Learning Centres (ALCs) on PPP mode in the state with more than 1379 learners having registered till now. The Corporation has decided to open another 800 centres during 2014.

It has also successfully completed Gram Sabha Sashaktikaran Karyakram (GSSK) and developed ICT school scheme and other projects for ITES.

It was decided in the meeting that premier universities of the state will be accepted as equity partners in OKCL, which would take up university digitization and CHSE computerization works.

The Corporation has envisaged future projects like Secured Remote Paper Distribution (SRPD) process for examination in colleges to avoid leakage of question papers and practice set of question papers for engineering and medical students.

Among others, MKCL nominee director Vivek Sawant, director Meena Kamath, OKCL managing director S Birari, higher education secretary GK Dhal and senior officials of the concerned departments were present at the meeting.

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