Digital Empowerment and Inclusive Growth
14 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 13, 2018
This is the Age of Empowerment. Empowerment of individuals and communities means increased control over life and coping skills. With and through ICT people’s empowerment is quick and far-reaching. With information technology people gain new abilities and ways to participate and express themselves in a networked society. However, there is need for such mechanism to explode the myth that digital empowerment is urban-centric. This paper explores ways and means of digitally empowering marginalised communities living in socio-economic backwardness and information poverty. It emphasizes on simple smart technologies and skill-based activities and projects that provide an effective entry route for learners, who are disengaged with the learning process, or who are unconfident with new and high technology. Successful and timely implementation of these projects will enhance India’s competitiveness. The paper envisages digital empowerment as a way towards inclusive growth in India.
Keywords: Digitalisation, Education, Empowerment, ICT, Inclusion, Skill, Smart
JEL Classification: O32, O33, O35, R11
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