Digital Literacy in Punjab

A project of Nishkam USA INC
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The Issue:

In 2020, the penetration rate of smartphones in India reached 54 per cent and was estimated to reach 96 per cent in 2040.

However, only 8% of Indian homes with a young child are estimated to have a PC with internet.

Given this vast disparity, how are the young supposed to learn basic digital skills of working in an office and compete for the digital jobs of today and tomorrow?

 

The Solution:

To address this massive gap, Nishkam has decided to start a program in Sri Muktsar Sahib, Punjab, India that focuses on bringing young children and introducing them to some basic digital skills.

Details about this basic course:

In batches of 10 and a maximum of 3 concurrent batches at this time, students are taught the following for 1 hour a day (Mon to Fri) for 4 months:

A. The use of MS Office (Word, Excel) and Google Docs

B. How to surf the web and use s search engine

C. How to create an email address and use email

D. How to create a resume and look for and apply for jobs online

The cost of each such student is Rs 2,000 (approx USD 28) for the entire 4 months.

Our goal is that with this introductory course, the children realize the scope of the jobs and careers that are on offer in the digital economy.

100% of your donations go towards the payment of the student fees that have been negotiated in bulk with a private computer institute in Sri Muktsar Sahib.

 

Current Status:

We have a capacity of 30 students at a time and our first batch for 2022 started on Jan 10, 2022. They are expected to graduate in early May 2022.

The next two batches in 2022 are slated for mid-May 2022 and mid-September 2022.

Thus in calendar 2022, we are looking for your support to assist and enrich the lives of 90 young students that would be learning how to use a PC for the first time.

  • 01/25/2023

    Nishu Lands Her First Job

    Before Nishu graduates next month, she has been hired as a Computer Operator. We thank you, our donors and wish Nishu all the best in her future.

     

  • 12/22/2022

    Thank You for An Amazing 2022

    Dear Donors,

    As we look back at 2022 we are humbled.

    Without your support, we would not have been able to graduate 60 students from a Basic Digital Literacy program, provide 11 girls with their first jobs or be halfway to graduating another 30 students by Feb 2023.

    Here are our Hall of Famers for 2022.

    With the love and generosity that you have shown us, we have started to look at additional computer cities in other parts of Punjab so that we can bring Digital Literacy to other parts of the state too.

    Once something is finalized, we will let you know

    The Nishkam Team

     

     

     

  • 12/07/2022

    Sonia - Our Sponsored Child her first Job

    Dear Donors,

    We are pleased to report that one more of our graduates of the Digital Literacy program has landed her fist job.

     

    Young Sonia has been placed as a Computer Operator at a Dental Clinic in Sri Muktsar Sahib.

     

    Many thanks for your continued support

     

    The Nishkam Team

  • 11/17/2022

    Looking Ahead to 2023

    Dear Donors,

    Your generous support has allowed us to place 90 children on the path to Basic Digital Literacy. Currently, all the 90 children are from Sri Muktsar Sahib in Punjab, India.

    Your support has given us the confidence to look beyond this one city and expand numbers. We have started to look for additional partner institutions. The only thing that is firm at this point in time is that we wish to expand the number of students in Sri Muktsar Sahib to at least 120 for 2023.

    At approx $28 per student for 120 students, we would need donations of $3,360 for 2023.

    Please donate generously and help spread the word.

    Many thanks

     

    Nishkam USA

  • 11/06/2022

    30 More Children Complete Basic Digital Literacy

    30 more children completed their Basic Digital Literacy program at Sri Muktsar Sahib, Punjab, India

     

  • 11/01/2022

    Another Success Story

    Success Story of a Nishkam Sponsored Student for the Basic Digital Literacy Program from Sri Muktsar Sahib 

    Dear Donors,

    Thanks to your support, we continue to see our learners succeed with each batch of our students.

    Watch this YouTube video here

    Best wishes & Thank you

  • 10/01/2022

    Another Success Story

     

    This success story comes from the Nishkam Head Office in New Delhi where Nishkam runs a computer centre, library, clinic and music classes among other initiatives.

    Young Kawalapreet had taken a computer course at a private computer institute and she further built up her skills in the field of graphic design by taking classes in the computer lab at Nishkam New Delhi.

    We are very proud of her achievement of landing a job and starting her professional journey.

    We continue to look to expand our efforts in Punjab in the number of students being exposed to Basic Digital Literacy as well as more advanced courses. We look forward to your assistance in our journey.

     

  • 07/13/2022

    Another Student Successfully Placed

    Thanks to our donors, supporters and the teachers we work with, we have another successful outcome with one of our students from the computer centre at Sri Muktsar Sahib.

    Twenkle has been hired as a 'Computer Operator' at a medical store in Sri Muktsar Sahib.

     

  • 07/11/2022

    Scholarships for Higher Education

    Dear supporters,

    Did you know that since the year 2000, Nishkam with its various partners has provided scholarships to over 8,000 school-going children and over 11,200 university-going students?

    In order to keep this effort going, we have launched a fundraiser exclusively for "scholarships". More details on this program are available here: https://dvnetwork.org/projects/nishkam-scholarships-for-university--school-students

    Watch the video and please support our next generation.

    Here is a top-level summary of Nishkam's track record in this space.

     

     

     

     

     

  • 05/31/2022

    Second Cohort of 30 Children Commence Learning

    The second cohort of 30 children have commenced learning at our centre in Sri Muktsar Sahib, Punjab.

    Our sincere thanks to all our donors and supporters.

    #nishkamseva #nishkamsikhs

     

  • 05/16/2022

    First Batch of 30 Students of 2022 Graduates

    Here are the pics of the first batch of children (30 in total) for the year 2022 that have graduated from the 4-month program. We thank of all you that have supported in making this a reality.

     

    Next batch is to start next week.

     

  • 04/23/2022

    Early Success With a Young Student

    Congratulations to Simranjeet Singh on getting a job at MP Exim, Delhi as a Classification Agent
    Simarjit Singh has been successfully appointed as a classification agent at MP Action, Delhi.

    We hope that this is a start to a great career. Keep learning and growing.

    #congratulations #nishkamsewa #nishkamsikhs

     

  • 04/20/2022

    Early Success With a Young Student

    Congratulations to Roopwinder Kaur on getting a job at the Daikin Service Centre, Sri Muktsar Sahib as a Computer Operator.


    We hope that this is a start to a great career. Keep learning and growing.
    #congratulations #nishkamsewa #nishkamsikhs

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