Ekal on Wheels is a mobile computer lab that is taken into the villages to bring awareness about computers and provide basic Digital Literacy to the villagers. The program has proved to be highly effective in building confidence in the villagers that they too can deal with computers and not feel left out in the digital age. Ekal has partnered with the innovative Spoken Tutorials project developed at IIT Bombay, the premier higher education institution in India to provide the training. Ekal on wheels is currenty in Karanjo and Giridih in Jharkhand, Malda in West Bengal, Wada in Maharashtra, Gajaraula and Nemisharanya in Uttar Pradesh, Jharangloi in Odisha, Khargone and in Madhya Pradesh and Nizamabad in Telangana.
* Covers 3 villages, provides: 6 hours of training
* Engages ~50
* Graduates can earn upto Rs. 15,000/ month
The first bus was rolled out in Karanjo, Jharkhand in 2015. Hewlett Packard and India Today recognized this pioneering effort with the presentation of the Digital Trailblazer Award.
The digital literacy training has given us the opportunity to reach out into the future.
- Pooja Mahato, Jharkhand
The Ekal on Wheels has been very impactful for youth in the villages. I see they are very excited to have the opportunity to be exposed to computers.
- Dr. Hasmukh Shah, Gramothan Coordinator