Lauding Kerala’s pioneering efforts in achieving total e-literacy, Prime Minister Dr Man mohan singh said reducing digital divide was vital to improve the lives of common people across the country.Noting that country has witnessed phenomenal growth in IT sector, PM said Centre was committed to providing enabling environment to encourage growth.in IT sector, PM addressed at the launch of the E-Literacy Project to be implemented by Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra
Dr Man mohan singh said ,. “We all know that Kerala is the leading State in the country in terms of indices of human development. Literacy is one of these indices and the fact that Kerala took an early lead in literacy has in turn helped it do well in the other dimensions of human development. The success of the literacy movement in Kerala owes much to a great son of the State, Shri P. N. Panicker. I join all of you in paying tribute to him as we launch this E-Literacy Project to be implemented by the P. N. Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra. I also compliment the Kendra for this initiative”.
P M Said” In today’s world of instant communication and the Internet, it is not easy to imagine and appreciate the difficulties which a frail man must have faced as he lit the spark of literacy in a small village in North Kerala in the first half of the last century and then spread his message to the whole of the State. Later, Shri Panicker’s initiative, the Grandhasala Sangam ignited a popular cultural movement in Kerala at the end of which the State acquired total literacy in the 1990s.
The Grandhasala Sangam began humbly with 47 libraries in 1945 and grew into a network of more than 6,000 libraries spreading across the towns and villages of Kerala. Shri Panicker also established the Kerala Association for Non Formal Education and Development (KANFED). The activities of these two organizations working together made a profound impact on the education, culture and development of Kerala.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh unveiling the commemoration plaque of the offsite Campus of Central University of Kerala, at Thiruvananthapuram, in Kerala on January 04, 2014.
The Governor of Kerala, Shri Nikhil Kumar, the Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Oommen Chandy and the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor are also seen.