Deccan Herald | Prakash Kumar | New Delhi, Dec 3, 2016, DHNS |
Students of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other centrally-funded higher educational institutions will get credit in the academics for participating in the government’s financial digital literacy campaign.
“Directors of all the institutions should ensure that the necessary credit in academics for project work is given to the student volunteers of the Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyaan (Visaka),” the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has stated in an official note. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the Visaka (financial literacy campaign) on Thursday, asking the higher education students and faculties to join the Centre’s move to make India a “cashless society” by educating and motivating people to adopt digital modes of monetary transactions. He also asked them to register themselves as volunteers on a web page created on the HRD Ministry’s website for the purpose. “The campaign will involve major knowledge institutions like IITs, NITs, IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology), IISERs (Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research) and central universities and colleges with the students, NSS and NCC volunteers, along with the faculty/staff playing the role of transforming their immediate day-to-day living environment into a cashless mode,” the ministry noted in its strategy paper prepared for implementation of Visaka.
About 36,000 educational institutions are to be involved in this national-level exercise, it added. To begin with, all the educational institutions would themselves move to full digital mode for all receipts and payments in the organisation. This will include fees, fines, payment of wages, payments towards maintenance and other vendors, the ministry underlined. “To add to this, the entire faculty and staff in their personal life would observe digital modes for discharging all their financial obligations. The creation of a cashless campus would be attempted,” it added. The ministry also underlined that it would be the responsibility of the heads of the educational institutions to ensure that the presentation on different digital modes of payment is translated into the regional languages concerned and circulated in their areas of operation. They will also have the responsibility to liaise with their bankers and coordinate in such a manner that both the respective institutes and the students’ activities are facilitated. – Courtesy / http://www.mhrd.gov.in/visaka/
HRD ministry to use students for training their neighbourhood in e-transaction
The Times of India | Isha Jain | TNN | Dec 7, 2016 |
Lucknow: After encouraging IITs, IIMs, Central universities and other educational institutions to go cashless, the Union ministry of human resource development has now made an appeal to youth to create awareness among the public regarding digital ways to make payment. Union minister of state for HRD, Mahendra Nath Pandey on Tuesday said, every youth, including students studying in schools have been asked to train two shopkeepers in their neighbourhood and five families to use and e-transaction. The Central government, said Pandey, will soon issue a set of guidelines to education institutions.
“India has 7.5 crore students. If we are able to mobilise 2 crore youth to train shopkeepers and those from older generation make payments online, we will make a difference in going digital and boosting our economy. And for one student, training two shopkeepers and five families is no big task,” Pandey told TOI during his visit to Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow. The idea, Pandey said, emerged at a meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi last week. “Our PM wants everything in institutions to go cashless. To begin with, we have asked educational institutions to accept online payments, except the hostel mess. Making online payment will lead to taxation and curb black money,” Pandey said.- Courtesy