Intel's Chairman Craig Barrett has an agenda for achieving inclusive, quality growth in India.
Mr. Barrett, speaking at the Digital Leaders Forum in New Delhi said that Intel, the world's largest manufacturer of computer chips, will expand its Indian chapter of the Intel Learn Programme, a worldwide initiative to help classroom teachers learn how best to use technology to improve teaching and learning. The CII Digital Leaders' Forum was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi. This is a regular platform that hosts leaders from the ICT world on a regular basis. Intel Learn Programme aims to train a million teachers by the end of 2008. It would aim at high-class educational training, idea generation for Research and Development and a conducive environment for setting up new companies. He also stated that if the government provides these, ICTs can become a powerful multiplier for rapid inclusive growth. Intel's World Ahead Programme drives digital inclusion in emerging countries, focusing on Accessibility, Connectivity, Content and Education. So far, about 600,000 teachers have been trained under this programme. Minister (Education, Languages & Sports), Government of Haryana, Mr Phool Chand Mullana stated that Haryana government has taken initiatives in order to improvise higher education, upgrade school education and introduce broadband dial-up internet. Haryana government and Intel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for teacher training programmes with the introduction of ICT in almost all government schools. Haryana is one of Intel's partner states in the Intel World Ahead programme.