NEW DELHI: The National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), a body with the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), will train 55 lakh students in ICT for jobs, ESDM and Digital Marketing courses in the next four to five years.
It laid the foundation stone of headquarters at Dwarka, New Delhi . A national toll-free helpline number 1800-11-65-11 for NIELIT students, Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) portal and digital marketing information booklet were also unveiled on the occasion.
NIELIT has trained over 20 lakh students in the last two decades across 31 NIELIT centres besides a network of about 900 accredited training partners and nearly 6,000 facilitation centres.
While delivering the keynote address on the occasion, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, said: “A digital revolution has begun in the country. NIELIT will be the centre of digital empowerment in India by minimizing the digital divide through skill development and by providing basic digital literacy at a click of a button.”
Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, DeitY, said,”It is commendable that NIELIT is raising funds by itself for the construction of its Headquarters and this speaks highly of its growth trajectory over the years.”
More than nine lakh candidates have been skilled by NIELIT in 2013-14 as against about four lakh in the previous year (2012-13).