Intel to provide 1,000 PCs to schools of Bangladesh

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Intel Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bangladesh Ministry of Education for supplying 1,000 personal computers to schools in the country's 64 districts as part of its plan to introduce information technology based education programme in Bangladesh.

After introducing World Ahead Programme in Bangladesh, Intel has also signed agreement with other agencies to ensure cost effective Internet connectivity at these schools. Intel has signed agreements with Grameen Solutions and Bangladesh Telecentre Network to set up telecentres that will offer an array of services to the public. Intel will be offering a model to help the country's goal of setting up 40,000 such centres across the country by 2011. Intel is also concerned to provide cost-effective computers to rural students. Intel has already developed low power computer processors which helped manufacturing of the second generation $250 'Classmate' computers, shock-proof and spill-proof PCs for students. These third generation processor 'Atom' for Classmate PCs will be available from July next and it will make these computers more powerful and cost efficient. In the last four years, Intel has distributed 40 million computers to different countries under the World Ahead Programme and trained five million teachers.

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