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MHRD's Digital Economy Project- Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan (VISAKA)

Our Principal Sir, Dr. Rabi Narayan Kar, fully understands the crucial role to be played by an educational institute in MHRD's Digital Economy Project Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan (VISAKA). We have been actively engaged in this project on various fronts with the invaluable support of our students as we firmly believe they are the real change agents. We had religiously followed the deadlines given by MHRD, starting from Training of the Teachers, Registration of Student Volunteers, Training of Volunteers, Making the Campus Cash Free, Adoption of Shahdara Mandi, Regular follow up visits to the Shahdara Mandi to Feedback Sessions taken by the Principal Sir of the College along with three Faculty trainers- Dr. Ruchika Ramakrishnan (CHD Convenor), Dr. Bharat Bhushan (NSS Programme Officer) and Ms. Jyoti Chaudhary (NCC Programme Officer). On two visits to the Mandi, we took the bank officials with us to facilitate opening of bank accounts. The Principal Sir personally met the vendors to clear their apprehensions about accepting only digital payments. Almost every week a training session was held in association with professional bodies. On 1st Feb, 2017 we had a training-cum-interactive session in collaboration with Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

Importantly, to record the progress of each contacted household and vendor, a progress feedback form was designed under the guidance of the Principal Sir. The form was printed and given to the students to ensure authenticated information at every step.

Outcome: Though, it was a herculean task, our perseverance has been rewarded. We have been able to convert 1000 households and about 200 vendors to adopt digital modes of payment and the counting is still on. Importantly, all over India, 334 volunteers have been declared as the best volunteers by MHRD out of whom two are from SLC -Karan Rathore and Deepali Nagpal. They have been given Tablets and a Certificate for Best Volunteer as an award for their commendable work in National Convention of Student Volunteers held on 8th March 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New delhi.

CHD Volunteers are still working on converting households into less cash households. Also, this laudable Digital Economy Project VISAKA of MHRD has been internalised by a majority of the stakeholders of our College. Also, our VISAKA Volunteers have gone a step ahead on the advice of the Principal Sir and are educating their fellow students about the digital modes of payment.

1st Feb. 2017: Training-cum-Interactive Session on Digital Economy and VISAKA by Mr. R. Aggarwal

Brief CV of the Key Speaker: Mr. Rishabh Aggarwal is a master trainer of the project National Digital Literacy Mission (Digital India) with Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. He looks after eight areas – Delhi, Chandigarh, Sikkim, Nagaland, West Bengal, Manipur and Goa.   
Summary of the Lecture:
He was invited to make the students aware of the nuances of Digital India Campaign, launched by the Government of India and train students with respect to MHRD’s Project VISAKA. He started the session with an amusing Power Point Presentation.  It focused on:
•Digital India - Power to empower.
•National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT).
•JAM (Jandhan, Aadhaar, Mobile)
•Digital locker.
•Motive of Digital India Campaign- Paper-free, line-free and tension-free Bharat(India).
•National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM).
•The use of three Apps for better safety of transactions- Airtel Merchant, Vodafone M-Pesa Wallet and State Bank Buddy.

Mr. Rishabh Aggarwal suggested some significant ways to the students to carry on the project more effectively and efficiently.  He also answered the queries of students regarding the execution of the project. Dr. Rabi Narayan Kar (Principal, SLC) congratulated and appreciated the volunteers of project VISAKA (CHD, NCC, NSS) for making this project a huge success.
Dr. Ruchika Ramakrishnan (CHD Convenor) thanked the Principal Sir, Dr. Rabi Narayan Kar, for his continuous encouragement and support for implementation of this project. She told the audience that in fact he is the only principal in University of Delhi who accompanied the students to the Mandi. Undoubtedly, this gesture really motivated all the volunteers and helped in making this project a huge success in SLC. She also shared her experiences and advised the students to use Debit cards. She motivated them to continue the journey beyond any official deadlines and achieve the ultimate goal of making India a Cashless Economy.  Dr. Usha Kashyap, a very senior learned faculty member, also congratulated the volunteers and expressed her happiness by saying that the teachers are overwhelmed on witnessing such a large-scale participation of the youth of SLC in building a glorious India.

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