Ekal on Wheels is a mobile computer lab that provides digital literacy training to youth in rural villages.
Developed in partnership with IIT Bombay's Spoken Tutorial Project, Ekal on Wheels travels to remote areas to bring computer skills and digital empowerment to youth who otherwise would have no access to free skills training.
The first Ekal on Wheels bus was rolled out in 2015. Today, Ekal has 36 mobile computer labs across India.
Ekal on Wheels24 Operational | 12 Planned
Current Number of Trainees
Villages Covered to Date
Beneficiaries to Date10,056 Men 4,714 Women
Average monthly salary of an Ekal on Wheels graduate
Covers capital expenditures and operational expenses for 3 years
Data as of January 2021
Meet the Ekal on Wheels Bus
An innovative mobile computer lab built to reach the unreached
The Ekal on Wheels curriculum focuses on building technology skills and financial literacy, in addition to entrepreneurship training. Most students have never used computers before.
Topics covered include:
- General introduction to computers
- Keyboard and digital illustration skills
- MS Office and Open Office tools
- Internet browsing
- Navigating websites
- Digital banking
Graduates earn a certificate from IIT Bombay. With their digital skills, many go on to earn computer-related jobs or start businesses.
Meet AnitaEkal on Wheels Graduate
"The Ekal on Wheels program gave me the skills and knowledge to become a data entry operator. Without Ekal, I could never have afforded computer training. This program changed my life."
Meet SurajEkal on Wheels Graduate
"I used a laptop for the first time through Ekal on Wheels. Now, I have a computer shop that prints photographs and photocopies and provides computer access to the community. I have begun earning ten to fifteen thousand rupees every month."