With a view to enable every student of Punjab state to become digitally literate by 2010, the prestigious ICT education project has been implemented for all 13.5 lac students in all state schools. Computer education subject has also been made compulsory with effect from 2009-10. Disclosing this here Sunday, Upinderjit Kaur Education and Languages Minister Punjab said that under centrally sponsored scheme of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the Punjab ICT Education Society (PICTES) had launched this ambitious computer learning programme based on NCERT guidelines for 6th to 12th classes in all upper primary schools the state in a phased manner.
She mentioned that to facilitate the creation of state of the art infrastructure on lease model for supporting the knowledge economy, the education department under Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan (SSA) had already successfully covered 2880 state schools at a cost of INR 265.34 crore in two phases imparting study to around 11 lac students. The minister further added that the students acquired a number of IT skills during the ICT education program. Both phases of ICT were fully operational and running as planned. Under this project the department has covered the remaining 2085 schools having enrollment of approx 2.5 lac students in third phase at a cost of INR 132.55 crore. She added, to successfully train the students, 5014 computer faculty were recruited under this computer education plan in the schools.