Haryana plans knowledge corp for mass IT literacy

In order to create a mass information technology (IT) literacy facilities across the state, the Haryana government Friday decided to constitute Haryana Knowledge Corporation Limited (HKCL). A decision to this effect was taken in a cabinet meeting here chaired by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The HKCL will be established in joint collaboration with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) as the state has been highly successful in imparting IT skills on a mass scale through MKCL, an official spokesperson said.

"The MKCL runs a basket of courses towards mass IT literacy. Its success can be gauged from the fact that it has so far (2002- 2012) imparted training and issued certificates to about eight million persons", the spokesperson said.

The HKCL is envisaged to be a Public Limited Company, with an authorised capital of Rs 5 crore and a paid-up capital of Rs 2 crore. Except the initial equity support, its operations will be self sustaining.

The Company's professional operations such as the Certification of authorised learning centres, recruitment of its professional staff, and evaluation of the learners will be completely independent.

Its courses, including Haryana State - Certificate in Information Technology' (HS-CIT), will be recognised by the Board of Technical Education Haryana. The HS-CIT will be a recognized qualification regarding computer efficiency for all government appointments and recruitments in groups A, B, and C services.

Among other benefits, the government can use HKCL to manage and run computer labs in its institutes. It will create self employment opportunities for thousands of young entrepreneurs who opt to establish Authorized Learning Centres under the aegis of HKCL.

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