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There is need for digital literacy and social skills for better job prospects
According to India's Global Work Monitor Survey (GWMS) of this year's previous quarter, digital literacy, social skills and netiquette will become a must have for new age jobs of all kinds. Implications of the study are all current employees too need to acquire both digital literacy and netiquette to keep themselves functional and productive.

The GWMS is a quarterly review to provide an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of job market trends relating to the employment market across 32 countries. The results of the survey indicate that the Government sector employees (74%) have more fear of not meeting the job requirement in future as compared to the employees working in temporary agency (67%) and elsewhere (45%) in the private sector.

I think, due to the digital divide between rural and urban areas in India, the most future jobs will be captured by urban people in future. Even National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) admits at its website that almost 40% population is living below poverty line, illiteracy rate is more across over 6,50,000 villages  and 2,50,000 panchayats represented by 3 million panchayat members.

Moreover, with 40% of population is living below poverty line, illiteracy rate in this strata being in the range 25-30%, the digital literacy is almost no-existent among more than 90% of India?s such population.

"While the country boasts the world?s second fastest-growing mobile market, it is lagging behind when it comes to internet connectivity. Connecting the community and its members to the world through the Internet is becoming increasingly essential for community vitality for the development and social progress in recent years," claims the website.

I think, we must train our teachers and teacher educators first to become digitally literate and internet savvy so that that they are able to integrate properly the Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) in the classroom processes.

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