Computer education in Bangalore schools are soon receive a shot in the arm if the third phase of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), an initiative by the directorate of primary and secondary education, gets implemented. e-Mahiti Sindhu and the Revised Class projects were the earlier initiatives that the department had implemented to introduce computer education in schools in the state include, followed by the first two phases of the ICT. ICT phase III aims to provide students exposure to internet and e-mail and provide instruction via computers.
The project is being implemented at a cost of `426 crore and 4,396 schools across the state, including 1,763 government secondary schools under Mahiti Sindhu project, 11th finance commission and Revised Class projects, and 2,633 government-aided high schools will be brought under its ambit. Schools having lesser than 300 children on rolls will be classified into category A and those having more than 300 children into category B. Category A and category B schools will be provided with 10 and 15 desktops respectively. This is in addition to the computers that were supplied to the schools under the Mahitya Sindhu project. The primary and secondary education department will provide desktop computers to 108 students in 34 districts who had excelled in the SSLC exams this year.