[AI] IT at School project to upgrade infrastructure in schools

renuka warriar erenuka at gmail.com
Thu Jan 24 08:44:35 EST 2008

Date:24/01/2008 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2008/01/24/stories/2008012459160300.htm
Kerala -

IT at School project to upgrade infrastructure in schools

Staff Reporter

To impart IT-enabled education to students

Broadband Internet connection in high schools in the district from next academic year

Trial run on to introduce IT-enabled education in government upper primary schools

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The IT at School, project under the Directorate of Public Instruction, has decided to upgrade the existing infrastructure in government
high schools to impart Information Technology (IT)-enabled education to students.

The facility will enable the students to learn subjects other than IT with the assistance of technology.

K. Anwar Sadath, executive director of IT at School announced this during a workshop organised to discuss the activities proposed to be carried out in schools
using Centrally funds to the tune of Rs.50.8 crore.

Steps to ensure broadband Internet connection in all high schools in Thiruvananthapuram district from the next academic year are currently under way. As
part of this, each high school will have a separate web site, chronicling the history, activity and educational facilities at the school.

Mr. Sadath said a trial run to introduce IT-enabled education in government upper primary schools is currently on in schools at Attingal, Chala and Poovachal.

Local cable TV operators have agreed to beam VICTERS, the education channel for students, through their networks across the State.

As per the understanding, nearly 70 per cent of the cable operators will air the channel after school hours. More programmes focussing on the educational
requirements of the students will be beamed through the channel.

The channel will also start airing documentaries and news programmes developed by students from June, Mr. Sadath said.

The tie up of EDUSAT with local cable TV networks will also enable repeat transmission of educational material direct to homes.

The workshop was attended by teachers, IT coordinators and IT at School master trainers from 121 high schools in various parts of the district. It was presided
over by Vijayakumari, district educational officer.

The IT at School project, launched nearly four years ago, is being implemented in 2,738 high schools in the State, including in Mahe in Puducherry and Lakshadweep,
and the Gulf.

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