Business process management company Newgen Software’s flagship initiative ‘Newgen Digital
Discovery Paathshala’ (NDDP) will enhance the digital proficiency of over 3,000 girl students studying in government schools, from classes six to eight, Priyadarshini Nigam, Head – CSR at Newgen Software said.
In an interview with crowdteck.com, she said the programme began in 2015 with one government
school and now has its footprints across three adopted schools.
Giving details about the NDDP initiative, Nigam said it focuses on promoting digital literacy among
girl students. “With our increased reliance on technology, the upcoming generation needs to get
equipped with digital proficiency from a very young age. Thus, Newgen developed the NDDP
programme for students in government schools to enhance their digital skills and provide them with
a level playing field,” she said.
Nigam said the remedial education programme is another educational initiative that is implemented
in association with KHUSHII, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), that is aimed at providing
remedial and equitable education to over 6,000 government school students from classes one to five
in Delhi and Chennai and that many of these students join the NDDP programme class six onwards.
Replying to another query, she said with time, it was observed that in addition to quality education,nutritious and healthy meals are essential for the students. “This revelation started our association with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to distribute mid-day meals to government school students.
We are currently providing meals to approximately 9,000 students in Vrindavan, Jhalawar, and
Guwahati,” she said.
“Furthermore, we have devised a personality development and soft skills enhancement programme
in partnership with I-AM wellness. Under this programme, we provide soft-skills training, personal
counselling, and self-awareness sessions to the underprivileged students,” she added.
When asked if the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the NDDP programme, Nigam said the global
shutdown due to the pandemic has been hard on everyone, especially the young students who have
been deprived of their basic need to learn.
She said NDDP sessions are generally conducted in a state-of-the-art digital laboratory, well-
equipped with interactive white screens, projectors, accessibility to fibre net, and iPads.
“With COVID-19, we had to transition to online sessions, which, luckily for us, was not that
challenging. Our students were well equipped to attend digital sessions.
We started the transition by developing case studies to understand the situation of the students,” she said.
Nigam added that nearly 100 students were interviewed to gather baseline data and that they were
able to attend the online sessions without any problem, showcasing their digital proficiency.
“Moreover, during this lockdown, our students are also imparting digital knowledge in the society by
educating their parents, siblings, and neighbours about the pandemic safeguard measures,
disseminating information on government schemes, and sharing important guidelines with just a
click on their smartphones,” Nigam said.
By Murtuza Merchant