Educational Technology Cell
To strengthen the technology support in schools, Education technology Cell, under takes various academic activities through the effective utilization of technology and media – computers, radio, TV, , audio and video cassettes, CDs, Resource books, etc.,
Information Technology happens to be the sine quanon of the present day society to catch up with the emerging trends and hold a lot of promise for posterity.
Computer Education and Computer based education has been taken up in 1000 government secondary schools from March 2001, as a five year scheme under the “Mahiti Sindhu” Program, which is an ambitious and successful project of the Government. The same has been extended for another three years from 2007-08 in 1009 government secondary schools. Computer Education and Computer based education has also been introduced in 150 government secondary schools under the Revised Class Project and 88 government secondary schools under the Eleventh finance Commission Project from 2003 – 04. Under the ICT @schools scheme, Government of India has sanctioned computer education in another 480 secondary schools during 2005 – 06 and the ICT @ schools have been implemented in 2007-08. ICT @schools scheme is extended for 1571 Govt. High schools in 2008-09. Now ICT @ schools is being extended for 2633 aided high schools and 1763 government secondary schools in 2010-11. As the Mahithi Sindhu Project, Eleventh Finance Commission and Revised CLASS Project are 8 years old projects the schools covered under this project has been included in 1763 schools.
The State of Karnataka has gained world wide reputation for being in the vanguard of Information Technology. The policy of the Government is to give Computer Education and Computer aided Education free of cost under “Mahiti Sindhu” to VIII, IX and X standard students in 1000 government secondary schools in the state.
While selecting schools, importance was given to girl students of rural areas, SC and ST and backward classes and all sections of society throughout the state. One secondary school was selected from each revenue hobli, also Morarji Desai residential schools were selected for computer education under this program.
The entire cost of “Mahiti Sindhu” project amounting to nearly 210 crores is to be spent during the project period of 5 years from 2001 – 2002 to 2005 – 2006. This project is fully financed by the government of Karnataka. The entire cost of extended “Mahithi Sindhu” project total cost is Rs. 5141 lakhs for 3 years project period. Full grants for this project are funded by government of Karnataka.
This ambitious project aims at giving free computer education and computer based education to the students of government schools, who come from rural and economically weaker sections of the society, there by enhancing the quality of education being given to them.
The objectives of the “Mahiti Sindhu” project are: MSP period was closed in the year 2006. The Govt. has decided to extend the same project for further 3 years from 2007-08 and identified KEONICS company a govt. undertaking as the implementing agency.
This ambitious project was continued through KEONICS. The period of implementation of the project is threw from 2007-08. The number of computers provided to each school was based on the strength of the school as follows:
|Category Students strength No. Of Computers||No. of teachers appointed|
|A Up to 150 1 server & 5 work stations||One teacher|
|B 151 – 250 1 server & 9 work stations||One teacher|
|C 251 and above 1 server & 14 work stations||Two teachers|
Responsibilities of computer agencies:
Software in the subjects of Social Science and Mathematics were prepared by M/S SCHOOL NET INDIA Ltd. and was installed in all the 1000 Mahiti Sindhu Schools. Software in the subjects of English and Science was developed by M/S EDURITE TECHNOLOGY Ltd. and installed in the schools.
The project was conceptualized to run for further three years. The implementing agency of the project is given grants depending upon the category of the school as detailed below. This grant will be released to the agencies in 12 equated quarterly installments towards Education delivery and annual maintenance.
|Sl. No.||Category||Per quarter in Rs.|
The 496 rural secondary schools were supplied with generator sets to over come the problem of power cuts in rural areas.
|Category||No. of Schools||Model*||Out put rating|
|A||239||BG 2205||1.5 KVA|
Impact of Mahithi Sindu Project:
Assessment has been conducted by Center for multi disciplinary development research (CMDR), Dharwad, Karnataka through D.S.E.R.T
The main Impacts of Mahithi Sindhu Project are:
Mahithi Sindu Project has been Extended for another 3 years and implemented from 2007-08 through public sector company Keonics Annual Maintenance , Delivery of Computer Education , and Training of Teachers are the main responsibilities of this agency.
This project aims to provide computer education in selected 88 government secondary schools in the state. This project has been taken up for implementation during 2003 – 2004 and is spread over a period of three years. The total estimated cost of this project is Rs 11.68 crores- the Centers’ share being Rs 11.61 crores and the states’ share being Rs 7.62 lakhs.
The agency identified for implementation of the project through the tender process, is Educomp Datamatics. Unlike the Mahiti Sindhu Project, computer hardware, software, UPS, generator and peripherals are taken on an out right purchase basis in the EFC project.
The financials of the project are:
|a) Procurement of hardware, software, computer furniture, UPS, genset, etc.,||6,58,50,360/-|
|b) Annual Maintenance Cost for 3 years||4,61,91,720/-|
|c) Site preparation (Power & dust free room) (released to SDMCs)||48,40,000/-|
Number of computers supplied to schools are based on the strength of the students in the schools:
|Category||No of schools||No of students||No of computers supplied|
|A||13||Up to 200||1 server & 5 nodes|
|B||24||201 - 350||1 server & 9 nodes|
|C||31||351 - 550||1 server & 14 nodes|
|D||20||550 & above||1 server & 19 nodes|
Eleventh Finance Commission (EFC) Project was ended on 31-12-2006.The proposal is submitted to State Government to continue this project for further 3 years.
Class Project was first introduced in 1984 -1985 through out the country in collaboration with MHRD and Electronics departments on a pilot basis. The project came to a close in 1997 – 1998.
The deficiencies in the class project were sought to be rectified in the Revised Class Project which was framed by MHRD in 2001.
Under this project, the state governments have to bear 25 % of the total cost of the project and submit the project proposals to GOI. Only those schools which taught computer education as an optional subject were entitled for aid under this project.
Based on the proposals submitted by the state governments, GOI approved the implementation of the Revised Class Project in selected 150 government secondary schools of the state. Each school gets 1 server and 9 work stations. Computer Education will be given to a maximum of 350 students in each school. Approximately 53,000 students in 150 government secondary schools are benefited under this project.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 17.21 crores (for three years) out of which the central share is Rs 9.9675 crores and the states’ share is Rs 7.2420 crores. An amount of Rs.55,000 is allocated to each school for site preparation. This amount is spent through the respective SDMCs. The identified agency to implement the project was Electronic Corporation of India Ltd. (ECIL). The agency has to provide hardware and software to the schools and also provide computer teachers for the implementation of the program. The cost of providing hardware and software to a school is Rs. 5, 95,500/-.
Revised Class Project was ended on 31-12-2006.The proposal is submitted to State Government to continue this project for further 3 years
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) happens to be the sine-quanon of the present day society to catch up with the emerging trends and holds a lot of promise for posterity.
The State of Karnataka has gained world wide recognition for being in the Vanguard of the revolution in Information and Communication Technology. It is all the more necessary for the State to produce bright scholars who are skilled in computers to meet the requirements of the present day society. Realising this need Government of Karnataka in 2000 took a decision to introduce Information Technology in schools.
Computer Education and Computer based education was introduced in 1000 government secondary schools under the Mahithi Sindhu project, which was funded exclusively by the state. In addition, 150 government secondary schools under Revised CLASS project, 88 government secondary schools under the Eleventh Finance Commission project and 480 government secondary schools under ICT Phase-I project and 1571schools are covered under ICT Phase-II project in the State
The Government of India in 2005 – 06 has approved ICT@ schools under phase I scheme in 480 schools and under Phase II scheme in 1571 schools in Karnataka state. With this the coverage of computer education program in the state has gone up to 3298 government secondary schools.
Under the central ICT scheme the following infrastructure is envisaged:
|SL.NO.||INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSED||UNIT COST|
|1.||10 PCs/Printer/scanner/web camera/modem etc||4, 05,000|
|2||Operating system/ Application software||20,000|
|8||Maintenance (50% of AMC)||20,000|
|Recurring costs*||1, 34,000|
Additional items such as generators, preparation of computer labs including civil repairs, cabling and provision of electricity is subject to an over all maximum limit of Rs 6.70 lakhs per school. The central governments’ share is restricted to Rs.5.00 lakhs per school
I.C.T. Project phase I in 480 schools has been implemented through Everonn (216 schools) and Educomp (264). ICT Project phase II in 1571 schools through Educomp. The Agencies are identified through Tender process.
The Government of India ( G.o.No. FNo-11-20/2007 dated .27-09-2007) in 2005 – 06 has approved ICT@ schools scheme in 1571schools in Karnataka state
This project is centrally sponsored scheme. Under I.C.T Phase-II Project, Computer education and computer based education has been implemented in 1571 Government High Schools in all over Karnataka. These schools are categorized on the basis of student’s strength. The students more than 150 are considered as A category and more than 350 is B category. Out of 1571 schools, 108 schools have been identified as B category Schools. The Total cost of the Project is Rs. 105.26 crores. Central Government has released Rs 31.42 Crores (G.o.No. FNo-11-20/2007 dated .27-09-2007)as first installment. The State Government has distributed Rs.11.78 crores for room preparation in 1571 schools (Rs.75, 000/- for each school) Every Year 4, 03,550 lakh students are going to get benefit under this project
Under this project the following infrastructure envisaged
|SL.NO||INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSED||UNIT COST|
|1||10PCs/ Printer/ scanner/ web camera/ modem etc.,||4,05,000-00|
|2||Operating system/ Application software||20000-00|
|8||Maintenance(50% of AMC||20000-00|
Additional items such as Multimedia Projector j) K-YAN or equivalent kit , Multimedia Projector, TV (optional) , TV tuner (optional) and Additional Head Phones, preparation of computer labs including civil repairs, cabling and provision of electricity is subject to an overall maximum limit of Rs 6.70 lakhs per school. The central governments’ share is restricted to Rs.5.00 lakhs per school
Under this project 2633 aided high schools and 1763 government secondary schools (in which Mahithi Sindhu Schools, EFC schools and RCP schools are included) are included. This project will be implemented during 2010-11.