Five Kerala schools get smart schools status

Updated on: Thursday, December 30, 2010

Five government schools in Kerala have been accorded the ‘smart schools’ status and will receive Rs 1.25 crore each to install multimedia projectors, wireless internet and other infrastructure, an official said.

Called the "ICT in Schools Scheme", the project is an initiative of IT@School, the technology arm of the general education department of the Kerala government. It aims at empowering schools with latest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) enabled education, besides implementing e-governance within the education department.

K Anvar Sadath, Executive Director of the IT@School Project said, “Besides having state-of-the-art computer labs and multimedia rooms, all classrooms ranging from primary section to higher secondary section would be converted to 'Smart Classrooms' by setting up multimedia projectors. Laptops and wireless internet connectivity will also be provided to all classrooms.”

He also said that it is proposed to develop these schools as 'IT Hubs' for the benefit of nearby schools and even the public by providing specific ICT training to teachers and students.

The selected schools include Government Moyans Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School (GMMGHSS) (Palakkad district), Government Tribal Higher Secondary School (GTHSS) Poomala (Idukki district), Government Girls Higher Secondary School (GGHSS) Cotton Hill (Thiruvananthapuram district), Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Karuvarakundu (Malappuram district) and Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) South Ezhippuram (Ernakulam district).

IT@School has also received an 'Honorable Mention' in the Stockholm Challenge Award 2010, considered to be the world's biggest ICT deployment in education using free software.

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