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Goa Govt Signs MoU With Google India To Promote Digital Literacy

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With an aim to promote digital literacy in the state of Goa, the government has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Google India to start off the digital transformation programme in the state.

Steps have been taken in different parts of the country to promote digital literacy and to increase the level of education in rural areas as well.

Recently, the Goa government on August 31 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Google India to start off the digital transformation in the state.

The MoU was signed by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Vice President, Google South East Asia and India Rajan Anandan. While speaking about this initiative, Parsekar said, "As a first step, the Goa government will launch internet safety education for students in association with Google India".

Goa Govt Signs MoU With Google India

This programme putforth by the government will be a part of curriculum for classes from 9th to 12th standards and would be applicable in all the government schools of the state.

This development will be seen as a turning point in the field of information technology in the state, say reports.

Earlier, as per IAN's report of June 2016, India is expected to soon launch a Rs 1,800 crore ($265 million) Digital Literacy Mission for 60 million people in rural areas as another initiative to bridge the gulf between those who have access to and can use computers and the Internet.

Commenting on this, Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, chief executive officer, of CSC e-Governance Service India, said, "The government will spend Rs 300 each on training 60 million people, which would total around Rs 1,800 crore."

Later, the senior government official also said that this MoU also envisions collaboration with Google so as to revamp all the government websites mobile-friendly.

Also, this tie up will further help in launching a digital literacy drive for women and introduce programmes to help the small and medium businesses.

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