This skill has churned thousands of blind employees in the government
departments. Now they've to adopt to technology. NGOs who teach
shorthand and typing classes on type-writer need to start new training
courses which are attune to the market requirements.
 MUMBAI: The unmistakable chatter of typewriters outside courthouses
and government offices will soon fall silent in India's financial
capital Mumbai as
stenography colleges on Friday hold their final manual exams.
The roughly 3,500 institutes teaching the antiquated ways of the
typewriter across Maharastra state will be phased out as India pushes
ahead with a drive
to digitize the

"It is absolutely the end of an era as typewriters bite the dust due
to technological innovation," Ashok Abhyankar, who runs a shorthand
 institute in Mumbai, told AFP.

Long relegated to the history books in the West, typewriters are still
a ubiquitous feature at legal chambers, police stations and official
offices in

Typists are found at courthouses punching out affidavits, family deeds
and other legal documents for as little as 25 rupees (39 cents), the
of the ancient machines echoing around the vaulted corridors.

Abhyankar, whose institute has been teaching stenography skills for
more than 80 years, estimates roughly 700,000 students across the
 for official manual typing certification every year.

These certificates are a ticket out of unemployment and village life
for many poor youngsters, who pursue typing as a way to land coveted
 as government clerks and stenographers.

But these skills are becoming increasingly redundant amid "Digital
India", a government-run initiative to modernise and harness
technology to roll out
e-services across the subcontinent of 1.3 billion.

While the margin bells and ribbon spools will whirr and ping during
Friday's final typing exams, it will not be long before the iconic
machine will wind
up in antique stores or on scrap heap.

"With falling computer prices and governments phasing out its usage,
typewriters have no future anymore," Abhyankar said.

India was the last country in the world to run a major telegram
operation before it shuttered in 2013 after 163 years of service.

Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU
1. Contents of the mails, factual, or otherwise, reflect the thinking of the 
person sending the mail and AI in no way relates itself to its veracity;

2. AI cannot be held liable for any commission/omission based on the mails sent 
through this mailing list..

To check if the post reached the list or to search for old posting, reach:

Ai mailing list

Reply via email to