Friday, January 25, 2008

Computer education in 1,500 more high schools

BHUBANESWAR: Computer instruction will be imparted in 1,500 more than than high schools and 300 upper primary schools from the current academic session.While 900 of the sum 14,233 upper primary schools are already provided with computing machines under Sarva Sikshya Abhijan (SSA), 300 more schools will be extended the installation under buy, ain and transportation (BOT) mode, School and Mass Education Secretary S.C. Patnaik said.The section have also made a budgetary proviso of Rs 20 crore for supply of computing machines to 1,500 high schools. A centrally sponsored scheme, the Centre have given a fiscal aid of Rs 15 crore while the balance is the State's share.Under the bot mode, legal tender will be floated and contract for computing machine supply will be awarded on competitory basis. Successful houses will provide computing machines and resource people for imparting computing machine instruction to the pupils and preparation to teachers.The contract with the houses selected for supply of computing machines will be for five old age and it will be the duty of the house for care of computer, payment of electricity measure and providing preparation to the trainers. After the contract period, the house will shift the computing machines to the school and retreat its resource persons.Special software system system will be designed keeping the pupils demand in head and the software will be used after blessing of the Government, he said.In 2004, Government launched the Biju Patnaiik Orissa Computer Aided Education programme in 600 Government schools across 24 districts. Respective schools of the State have got been provided computing machines from MP-LAD.The Government have also decided to provide piece of piece of furniture worth Rs 50 crore and scientific discipline equipment worth Rs 4 crore to schools in the adjacent academic session, Patnaik said.The Higher Education Department have also decided to provide furniture worth Rs 16 crore to Government colleges during the adjacent session.

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