Digital Literacy in Punjab

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Addressing Digital Literacy in Punjab

In 2020, the penetration rate of smartphones in India reached 54%, and was estimated to reach 96% 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?

Our 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, students are taught the following for 1 hour a day (Mon to Fri) over 4 months:

  • The use of MS Office (Word, Excel) and Google Docs
  • How to surf the web and use search engine
  • How to create an email address and use email
  • How to create a resume and look for and apply for jobs online

Your Support is Needed

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

Our aim is for the children to realize the scope of the jobs and careers available in the current 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 started in Jan 2022 with a capacity of 30 students at a time and our progress has been as follows:

  • January to April 2022 - 30 students at Sri Muktsar Sahib. Graduated.
  • May to August 2022 - 30 students at Sri Muktsar Sahib. Graduated.
  • September to December 2022 - 30 students at Sri Muktsar Sahib. Graduated.
  • March to June 2023 - 40 students (underway) at Sri Muktsar Sahib. Underway
  • April to July 2023 - 10 students (underway) at our new participating center of Garhdiwala in Hoshiarpur District. Underway.

Thus, since January 2022, we are on track to bring basic digital literacy to 140 youngsters in Punjab. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we should be able to achieve a milestone of graduating approximately 190 children by the end of the 2023 calendar year.

We look forward to your continued support.

  • 07/06/2024

    Young Grads of Our Basic Digital Literacy Program

    Dear Donors,

    Your continued support has helped 3 more youngsters secure their first jobs. Our teachers and students are hard at work and looking to expand the scope of this program to other higher-level skills soon.

     

    We hope you will continue supporting us and our the young students in this ongoing journey.

    Team Nishkam

  • 05/22/2024

    Digital Literacy Update - April 2024

    Dear Donors,

     

    Your continued support has helped us start a new batch of 40 young scholars (April 2024) who will be taking their first steps on the path to Digital Literacy.

    Thank you for your dasvand.

    Team Nishkam

  • 03/15/2024

    Digital Literacy Update March 2024

    Dear Donors,

    We are delighted to share this update where your donation, support and best wishes have helped us place 5 students in gainful employment.

    With sincere thanks, we continue to look forward to your ongoing support.

     

  • 01/14/2024

    Young Digital Scholar Sonia Joins Noble Coop Bank

    🎉 Digital Literacy Champion! 🎉 Nishkam's digital literacy program has empowered a brilliant student to secure their dream IT job! Their determination and skills are proof that knowledge is power. We're incredibly proud to be a part of their success journey!

    A big thanks to all our donors for making Sonia's dream come true.

     

     

    💻🌟🎓 #NishkamDigitalLiteracy #ITConsulting #CareerSuccess #EmpowermentThroughEducation #BrightFutures #SriMuktsarSahib #Nishkam #Nishkamsewa #NishkamSikh #NishkamIndia #India

  • 12/27/2023

    40+ New Students - Basic Digital Literacy Program

    Respect Donors,

    It is with tremendous gratitude we report that 42 new students have enrolled in the Nishkam Basic Digital Literacy program at Dri Muktdar Sahib. This program started this December and the students are expected to graduate in March 2024.

    Your support continues to provide a vital lifeline in helping the children in Sri Muktsar Sahib take their first steps towards Digital Literacy.

    Many thanks and stay blessed

    Team Nishkam

  • 12/27/2023

    40+ New Students - Basic Digital Literacy Program

    Respect Donors,

    It is with tremendous gratitude we report that 42 new students have enrolled in the Nishkam Basic Digital Literacy program at Dri Muktdar Sahib. This program started this December and the students are expected to graduate in March 2024.

    Your support continues to provide a vital lifeline in helping the children in Sri Muktsar Sahib take their first steps towards Digital Literacy.

    Many thanks and stay blessed

    Team Nishkam

  • 11/13/2023

    40 Students Graduate - Nishkam Digital Lit. Prog.

    Dear Donors,

     

    We are pleased to report that 40 more scholars have completed the Nishkam Digital Literacy Program at Sri Muktsar Sahib, in Punjab India.

    As a reminder, these students spent 4 months (July onwards) learning the basic ins and outs of MS Office, Google Docs, making a resume, looking for and applying for jobs online among others.

    As this is Dasvand week, please note that DVNetwork is matching all donations up to $400. We look forward to your continued support.

    Many thanks

    Team Nishkam

  • 10/31/2023

    3 More Digital Scholars Get Their First Jobs

    Dear Nishkam Supporters,

    We are excited to report that three more young digital scholars from our Basic Digital Literacy program in Sri Muktsar Sahib have started their first jobs.

    Your support has helped us and our on-ground staff and will continue to do so in the future.

    Team Nishkam

     

  • 09/13/2023

    Gardhiwala, Hoshiarpur, September 2023 Batch

    Dear Amazing Donors,

    With your fantastic support, we have started 2 more batches comprising 20 children in the Basic Digital Literacy program at Gardhiwala in Hoshiarpur, Punjab.

    With your continued support, we look forward to bringing Basic Digital Literacy to more children across Punjab.

    Thank you

    Team Nishkam

     

  • 09/06/2023

    First Batch of Students from Gardiwala, Hoshiarpur

    Dear Donors,

    Your consistent support has lead us to expand our program beyond the borders of Sri Muktsar Sahib to Hoshiarpur.

    In April, we started with a single batch of 10 children in Gardhiwala in Hoshiarpur and are pleased to report that all 10 children selected showed extreme diligence and have graduated from the Basic Digital Literacy program.

    Thank you for your continued support. We hope to further expand this program to additional locations in the next year.

    Team Nishkam

  • 08/28/2023

    Some of our New Students from our July 2023 Batch

    Here are some pics of our new students that started their course in July 2023. We look forward to your continued support for them and additional students once these students graduate.

     

  • 08/01/2023

    Another Student Secures Employent

    Sandeep Kaur of Sri Muktsar Sahib, a student sponsored by Nishkam has secured employment as a Computer Operator at Shami Cloth House.

    We thank you, our donors for making this possible.

    Sandeep Kaur Secures Employment

     

  • 06/07/2023

    3 More Students Commence Their First Jobs

    Thank you, donors. Thanks to your support, 3 more young scholars of the Nishkam Digital Literacy Program have found their calling.

     

    🎉 Digital Literacy Champions! 🎉 Nishkam's digital literacy program has empowered three brilliant students! Their determination and skills are proof that knowledge is power. We're incredibly proud to be a part of their success journey! 💻🌟🎓 #NishkamDigitalLiteracy #ITConsulting #CareerSuccess #EmpowermentThroughEducation #BrightFutures #SriMuktsarSahib

  • 05/08/2023

    3 More Young Punjabis Secure Their First Jobs

    🎉 Digital Literacy Champions! 🎉

    Nishkam's digital literacy program has empowered three brilliant students to secure their dream of their first jobs! Their determination and skills are proof that knowledge is power. We're incredibly proud to be a part of their success journey! 💻🌟🎓

    #NishkamDigitalLiteracy #ITConsulting #CareerSuccess #EmpowermentThroughEducation #BrightFutures #SriMuktsarSahib

  • 04/11/2023

    Nishkam Digital Literacy Prog. Comes To Hoshiarpur

    Dear Donors,

    Thanks to your donations and words of encouragement, we have been able to expand our Basic Digital Literacy program to Garhdiwala, a  town in the district of Hoshiarpur in Punjab.

    An initial batch of 10 students started their journey of Digital Learning on April 3, 2023.

    We look forward to your continued support to the current and future students.

     

    Many thanks

    Team Nishkam

  • 03/23/2023

    Poonam Lands her first Job

    Dear Donors,

    Your donation continues to produce wonderful results.

    Poonam, who is a graduate of the Basic Digital Literacy Program has landed her first job at the local Voltas AC Service Centre as a computer operator.

    We look forward to your continued support in giving hope to more such youngsters.

    Team Nishkam

     

  • 03/09/2023

    40 Children Start Their Digital Learning Journey

    Thanks to your efforts dear donors, 40 children have started their digital learning journey in March 2023, in Sri Muktsar Sahib.

    We look forward to sparking the desire of self-learning in these children.

     

  • 02/17/2023

    Feb 2023 Batch Graduates

    30 Children that joined us in November 2022 have graduated now. We wish with them well and much success.  We are now getting ready to welcome our next batch of students.

    A big thanks to you, our donors for making this possible.

     

  • 02/08/2023

    Manisha Lands Her First Job

    Big congratulations to Manisha who landed her first job as a Data Entry Operator. We also thank you, our donors who made it possible for Manisha to take this step forward.

     

  • 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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