Empowerment and Impact of Computer Education among Mumbai Muslim Youth

Dr. Farida Umrani,
Prof Rehana Ghadially
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Across the developing world, ICT is helping men and women improve their lives, take advantage of new opportunities and realize their full potential. It is a powerful enabler of a crucial development goal --- empowerment. Given the prevalence of computers and their centrality in IT revolution, computer literacy becomes a key factor governing individual’s position in the globalized world. Supplemented with value added skills, it creates a competitive edge for the participants. However, ICT impacts men and women differently. The present study explores gender differences in the various facets of empowerment - psychological, social, educational and economic resulting from computer adoption. Secondly, gender differences in access/ use to computers and Internet, value added skills and perceived practical values of the Internet were studied. Finally it seeks to assess the socio-economic impact of computer adoption.

Keywords: Empowerment, Gender, Access, Value Added Skills, Perceived Practical Value of the Internet
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Farida Umrani

Research Scholar, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Farida Umrani is currently pursuing Ph.D. at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. She received her B.A. from Ruparel College in Mumbai and Masters from Mumbai University. She was awarded the Kashinath Trimbakh Telang gold medal for securing the highest marks in the Master’s program. Her research interests focus on ICT, empowerment and Gender.

Prof Rehana Ghadially

Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Rehana Ghadially teaches Psychology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. She received her B.A. from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and M.S. and Ph.D. in General-Experimental Psychology with a minor in education from Auburn University in U.S.A. She has received research/teaching fellowships to the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands. She is editor of the book “Women in Indian Society” published by Sage in 1989. She is currently teaching “Introduction to Psychology” and “Stress and Coping”. Her research interest focuses on women of the Ismaili Bohra Muslim sect of South Asia. In addition, she is interested in gender and ICT.

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