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Bihar Govt. gifts NIIT’s computer education program to schools on Teachers’ Day
NIIT to provide computer education to 600,000 students across 400 schools
Patna, September 05, 2008: Government Schools in Bihar received a unique gift on Teachers’ Day from the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Shri. Sushil Kumar Modi who flagged off the ICT@School project at Mahant Hanuman Saran High School, here today. This is one of the 400 Government Schools where NIIT, the leading Global Talent Development Corporation will provide computer and computer aided education to 600,000 students, across the state.
NIIT has partnered with Bihar State Electronics Development Corporation (BELTRON) to implement this project that entails inculcation of computer education in Government schools across rural Bihar.
The Scheme that forms a state version of the national scheme of “ICT@Schools” has been planned and envisioned by BELTRON who in turn has been helped and assisted by Bihar e-Governance Services and Technologies (BeST) Ltd. BeST are the consultants to Govt. of Bihar for this project.
Speaking at the function, the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri. Sushil Kumar Modi said, “The Government of Bihar has a vision of creating ‘Computer Literate Bihar’. Our initiative with NIIT will enable computer education to reach the remotest corners of the state, empowering the students with skills necessary for a successful future”.
“Computer education will place us alongside other developed states in the country,” added Shri. Suhil Kumar Modi.
As part of the initiative, NIIT has set up computer hardware, software, connected peripherals for computer system, and will offer computer education, computer based education services, and highly trained Instructors for classes 8 to 12 in specified Secondary and Higher Secondary Government Schools on turnkey basis, for a period of three years, in Bihar.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. L. Balasubramanian, President-School Learning Solutions, NIIT said, ''We are honoured to partner with the Government of Bihar in their initiative to promote computer education in schools. At NIIT, we firmly believe that computer education is a must for the youth in today’s knowledge economy.
''NIIT programs in Government schools will open new vistas of learning and provide a level playing field to students in rural areas to bring them at par with their counterparts in the metros'', added Mr. Balasubramanian.
Shri. Harinarayan Singh, Hon’ble HRD Minister, Govt. of Bihar; Shri. Anjani Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary-HRD Department, Govt. of Bihar; and Shri. Aloke V. Chaturvedy, Secretary-IT & Science & Technology Department & MD-BELTRON, were amongst other dignitaries present at the launch event.
NIIT’s holistic computer assisted learning model includes setting up of a network of 10 computers and one server in each school, backed by a UPS and generator to enable continuous power back-up, along with courseware and training programs, thus bringing a large number of students from remote corners of the states, into the IT fold.
As per the agreement with BSEDC, NIIT has also set up a dedicated Help Desk in Patna to log in calls and enable smooth implementation and running of the project.
NIIT’s computer aided education programs provide effective learning environment for children, with special tools to promote critical thinking and analytical skills leading to student centric learning. The programs are designed to enable students acquire skills that are necessary for success in the knowledge economy.
NIIT’s program in Bihar Government Schools will also provide an opportunity to the school children to participate in a number of extra-curricular activities and national level contests such as the NIIT MindChampions Academy Annual Chess Championship and Digital Art Festival.
The addition of these 400 schools has further strengthened NIIT’s leadership in the School Learning Solutions space. NIIT’s school learning solutions are now reaching out to over 7,000 schools, touching nearly 3.4 million children in 12 Indian states.
For over a decade, NIIT has worked with Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and West Bengal to offer computer education in schools. Additionally, NIIT has also partnered with many private schools in the country to help students discover the pleasure of learning through computers.
Recognizing the potential of Information and Communication Technologies to transform the teaching–learning process in the non-formal and formal education space, and its potential in changing the way teachers and learners gain access to knowledge and information, NIIT’s ICT in Education initiative focuses on using IT to enhance the reach and quality of teaching and learning.
NIIT has deployed more than 50,000 computer nodes in schools across the country and has also designed and developed instructional material in many Indian languages.
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NIIT offers turnkey IT integration program for schools. NIIT has provided computer-based learning to over 7700 government and private schools.
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