U.S. foundation to spread computer education in Kerala schools

Friday, 31 October 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The American India Foundation (AIF), which has offices in the U.S. and India, has teamed up with the Kerala government to spread computer education in schools in the state.

The foundation will draw up a strategy to roll out its Digital Equaliser Programme (DEP) in partnership with state's ongoing IT@School project.

This was decided after Srimathi Prasad, director, DEP, held discussions with Aruna Sundararajan, IT secretary, and P. Mara Pandiyan, general education Secretary, here Thursday.

IT@School is a project launched by the state education department that envisages computer training in over 2,400 across in Kerala.
Similarly, the foundation's Digital Equalizer Programme provides computers, software, Internet access and training to children and teachers in underprivileged schools in India.

Last month the Kerala State IT Mission that runs the IT@School project had an understanding with AIF. The foundation will commit to raise at least $100,000 to set up DEP centres in Kerala.

The Kerala government will match the amount under its IT@School programme by supplying hardware to the DEP schools, an official release said.

Source: IANS
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