Computer literacy in India is said to be the minimal and basic knowledge of computers that includes elementary skills of programming. Anyone who is comfortable with basic computer programs and other ground level computer functions can be called a computer literate.
The phrase ‘Computer literacy’ holds a completely new definition in the developing third world countries. What is appalling is that in these nations less than half the population is acquainted with computers. While in the first world countries, the economy is developing faster because of the immense progress in the world of science, technology and information practice, the developing nations are yet to be aware of the same. Recent surveys have revealed shocking results that show that computer literacy in India is less than 7%, like many other nations. Many claim to never having heard of or seen a computer, let alone be comfortable with computer programming.
Computer literacy, experts have argued, is not only important but necessary. It should be given as much importance as providing food, shelter and clothing, because computer literacy is the foundation for a progressive and developing nation. The most revolutionary step taken up in this direction has been the Hole In The Wall Experiment by Prof. S.Mitra, who has proved through his experiments that the unprivileged lot can acquire computer literacy without any strict and proper guidance if they are provided with the basic learning tools. Computer literacy is the only way for India to walk towards a global change. It is promising and can completely change the picture of rural India.
Computer Literacy in India with the help of initiatives like the Hole In The Wall Experiment can create positive outcomes.
Science and technology needs to be thought of as a tool for reformation in the developing nations like India. Computer literacy is India’s only way make a place for itself in the times of mechanization and globalization.