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Educomp bags Rs 209 crores ICT@Schools Project from Government of Assam
Educomp signed the agreement with the Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited, Government of Assam, on 23rd March, 2012 for the implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Computer Education Program (RGCEP) under the GOI Revised ICT@Schools Scheme in 1,054 Government High and Higher Secondary schools of the state. Over 650,000 students are expected to benefit from this program every year.
With the addition of 1,054 Government Schools in Assam, Educomp now reaches a total of 12,176 Government schools serving over 6.7 million students across 10 States in the country.
The project will be implemented under Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model for a period of five years where Educomp will provide an IT Lab, teachers, annual training workshops, web-based school management and monitoring software, multimedia educational content as per-state board curriculum covering core subjects like Mathematics, Social Studies, English & General Science as well as courses on Spoken English.
The project lays special emphasis on the quality of computer teachers to be engaged. They will be selected through a state level Computer Teacher Eligibility Test and performance review will be conducted annually through a state level online Computer Teacher Fitness Test. The students will get exposure to a wide range of IT Software and applications in Free Opensource Software and MS Windows platforms. The program for Classes VI and VII shall be on the lines of computer literacy and awareness, whereas for the higher classes, Computer Science shall be offered as an elective subject to students. The project will also facilitate Math and General Science learning through simulated Math and Science experiment kits.
Soumya Kanti, President, Edureach said, “At Edureach, we use technology innovatively to spread education across socio-economic strata and across geographical boundaries. We are pleased that over 650,000 students in Assam will now have access to computers and computer-aided learning as well as cutting-edge learning tools which will bring their learning on par with many of their more privileged city counterparts.”
The Public Private Partnership model has emerged as the most successful model for bridging the digital divide in the country and Educomp is leading the initiative in this segment with an impressive track record of implementing large scale projects under PPP model. Till date, Educomp has implemented ICT programs under the PPP model in 36,401 schools across 15 states. These educational programs involve comprehensive education infrastructure implementation, teacher training and content development projects and have overall had an extremely positive impact on raising learning standards as well as in reducing dropout rates among children in Government schools across the country.