Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited entered into partnership with the IT@School Project to provide high-speed broadband connection to all the aided and government high schools in the State. Under this initiative, BSNL will provide broadband connection to all 2,800 high schools in the State by August, 2008.
The project would be rolled out in three phases and in the first phase, project will cover 1,200 schools, which would be completed by the end of this month. In the second phase BSNL will cover more than 700 schools, which would be completed by February 2008 and remaining schools would be covered in the phase three, which is scheduled to be over by August 2008. With the provision of broadband connection of the BSNL, each school would be able to open an e-mail account. It will enhance the ICT innovations like familiarising the students and teachers with available Internet services like e-mail, chatting, website-creation and blog-creation. As a part of the project, more than 60,000 teachers would be trained in IT and Free Software. IT@School is implementing various e-governance initiatives like Service and Payroll Administrative Repository for Kerala (SPARK), and connectivity is a must for such programmes.