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IT learning course in Khasi

IT commissioner and secretary D.P. Wahlang launches the e-learning portal on Friday. Picture by UB Photos

Shillong, Sept. 21: Learning computers in Khasi is now possible with the launching of a Course on Computer Concepts (CCC) in Khasi language.

The course was an initiative of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology following the recommendations of the National Task Force on Information Technology and Software Development.

The institute, supported by the Khasi department of the North Eastern Hill University (Nehu), translated the learning material, consisting of eight modules.

Till date, the course has been translated into 23 Indian languages and the translated works in Khasi is the fifth in the Northeast.

From the CCC Khasi book, a multimedia e-learning content has been developed in two versions — CD and online version — for propagation to those who are eager to equip themselves with the basics of IT knowledge.

Speaking at the launch of the course here today, Donald P. Wahlang, state information technology commissioner and secretary, lauded the efforts to develop the course content.

“It is a challenging exercise and we hope that this will bridge the digital divide in our state,” Wahlang said.

He said IT penetration in Meghalaya was “very low,” accounting for a mere 45 per cent, while Internet penetration stands at around 38 per cent.

“The CCC would be an effective tool to bring information technology closer to the people, especially in remote areas of the state,” Wahlang said.

He said the state government would allot a 10-acre plot of land at the New Shillong township in Mawdiangdiang for the institute to set up its permanent campus.

He said the government would work together with private companies to enhance the skills of the youths of the state.

“Translation is not new for Khasi language. However, the CCC in Khasi comes as a blessing, as it would not only empower the youths and the future generation, but also the mother tongue,” Sylvanus Lamare, principal of St Edmund’s College said.

Sushabhan Choudhury, dean of the school of technology at Nehu, said the course would lead to the success of e-governance in the state.

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