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Digital Literacy: How Prepared Is India to Embrace It?

Digital Literacy: How Prepared Is India to Embrace It?
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Author(s): Amit Singh Khokhar (Department of Economics, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, India)
Copyright: 2016
Volume: 7
Issue: 3
Pages: 12
Source title: International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence (IJDLDC)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Eva Podovšovnik (University of Primorska, Slovenia)
DOI: 10.4018/IJDLDC.2016070101

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Abstract

India is in the midst of great demographic and technological transformation. The country is expected to be the home to largest working age population in the world by the next twenty years. It needs to embrace digital literacy to address the rising demand for jobs. It will help to raise productivity as well as create inclusive growth. The present study discusses the concept of digital literacy around the globe. It further identifies the challenges and opportunities for digital literacy in India. The study finds that persistent barriers like illiteracy, poverty, under developed infrastructure and poor awareness of technology restrain the growth of digital literacy in India. The expansion of digital technology spotted through rise in internet and mobile subscription in recent years has generated hope but, concerted efforts at multi agency levels are required to sustain this momentum.

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