RILM's Adult Literacy Program aims to impart functional literacy to non-literate adults (15+ age) across India and then engage literate young adults in skill development training through various resource organizations.

Achievement: Under the Adult Literacy program 85,038 adults have been made literate through Diksha and Swabhimaan.


  • Diksha – One-to-One Approach

    In this approach student-volunteers from schools/colleges are engaged in providing functional literacy classes to non-literate adults (15+ age) over a period of 45-60 days. The learners are advised to appear for the NIOS examination at the end of the project, which takes place in March and August every year. On clearing the examination the learners are certified as functionally literate. It is important to note that the ideal time to implement DIKSHA is during vacations (session break/summer vacation) as the students would have time to engage in extra-curricular activities. However it can be implemented at other times of the year as well, depending on the willingness of the school authorities
  • Swabhimaan – Dignity through Education

    Swabhimaan envisions setting up SwabhimaanCentres (SC) across India, in centralized locations, to impart functional literacy to non-literate adults (15+ years). Maximum 30 learners can be enrolled per batch and multiple batches can run in one SC. The main resource person for this intervention is the teacher, who is solely responsible for coordinating the project, tracking and reporting the progress of the learners. It can directly be implemented by Clubs or by NGOs identified either by Clubs and/or RILM Office.


For imparting the functional literacy course to the non-literate adults, a Club can use any of the following resources.

  • Primer developed by RILM(Disha)- in most regional languages. The Club can place a primer requisition (minimum 50) on the RILM website.
  • Primer developed by the State Resource Centrein most regional languages. The Club can directly acquire the same from the State Resource Centre office in any state by showing the letter of understanding that has been signed between RILM and National Literacy Mission Authority.
  • Freeware developed by TCS called Computer Based Functional Literacy (CBFL) - in most regional languages. The Club can directly acquire it or the request can be routed through RILM. The software requires minimum computer configuration viz., Pentium 4 (or above) with 512 MB Memory, 1 GB Hard Disk, Colour Monitor, Sound Card, external Speakers. One computer or a laptop is enough to teach a class of 30 learners.

  • The Club registers the adult learners on Registration would close 60 days before the scheduled NIOS examination. Registration process will only be completed after the payment of examination fee of each learner.
  • RILM collates national data of adult learners appearing for the NIOS examination and submits it to NIOS. Depending on the data provided by RILM, NIOS sends across the question papers; answer booklets, etc. to RILM or directly to the assigned centres.
  • The Club conducts the examination, at the assigned centres for the adult learners.
  • The Club evaluates the answer sheets and uploads the result on and sends the answer booklets of all the examinees to RILM.
  • RILM collates national data of all the examinees and submits the same to NIOS.
  • NIOS reviews the examination data and sends certificates of successful learners to RILM.
  • RILM sends the certificates to the respective Clubs.


Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) has entered into an agreement with Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM) to provide skill-based vocational courses to the underprivileged with an objective of enhancing their employability in an increasingly digital world.

What are the courses offered under the MKCL - RILM Partnership?

  • 1. KLiC- RILM Certificate in Information Technology
  • 2. KLiC- RILM Certificate in Video Editing
  • 3. KLiC- RILM Certificate in Content Illustration
  • 4. KLiC-RILM Certificate in Web Designing
  • 5. KLiC-RILM Certificate in Graphic Designing
  • 6. KLiC-RILM Certificate in Photo Editing
  • 7. KLiC-RILM Certificate Stationery Designing
  • 8. KLiC-RILM Certificate in Desktop Publishing
  • 9. KLiC-RILM Certificate in 2D Animation
  • 10. KLiC-RILM Certificate in AutoCAD
  • 11. KLiC-RILM Certificate in Financial Accounting with Tally ERP
  • 12. KLiC-RILM Certificate in IT Hardware Support
  • 13. KLiC-RILM Certificate in IT Network Support
  • 14. KLiC-RILM Certificate in IT Security Support
  • 15. KLiC-RILM Certificate in Desktop Support
  • 16. KLiC-RILM Certificate in Marketing Material Designing
  • 17. KLiC-RILM Certificate in Tour Planning
  • 18. KLiC-RILM Certificate in Presentation Designing
  • 19. KLiC-RILM Certificate in Office Assistance
  • 20. KLiC-RILM Certificate in Advanced Excel
  • 21. KLiC-RILM Certificate in SCRATCH Programming

By devoting approximately 1 hour/day for 5 days a week, a learner can complete a course in a period of 2 months and thus be more skilled to compete for jobs in the service sector. The courses in audio-visual format promote self-directed learning with easy to follow instructions and by presenting challenges and case studies for the learner to work on and learn through. At the end of the course, post an online evaluation, the learners will receive an e-certificate.

What is the Role of Rotary Clubs?

  • Rotary Clubs will have to identify learners- underprivileged persons, 14+ years of age, who are seeking to acquire vocational skills for their career development. They could be anyone- from students of Govt. Schools and Colleges, head loaders, taxi drivers, house maids, tea vendors and so on- anyone who has the interest to apply for decently paid respectable jobs in the service sector but lacks the skills required.
  • Rotary Clubs will support the learner through payment of the course fee – Rs.1000/learner and registering the learner for any of the courses listed above. Please contact for further details.
  • Rotary Clubs will identify the venue based on the model it chooses:
    • a. Online model: Courses maybe offered through Computer Labs (with internet connection) of Schools/Colleges, Cyber Cafes etc.
    • b. Off-line model: The content is loaded onto a local server (a computer) and thus available to other computers connected by a LAN to it. The local server needs to simply connect to the internet once in two days.
  • Rotary Clubs will mentor their learners to complete the courses and help them to chart out their career paths.

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