Celebrating the Spirit of ICT and Learning

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‘Change is the only constant.‘      Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher

Change is not only something we must accept, but it is actually something to celebrate. eINDIA 2009, has for the fifth time come together to celebrate and typify the valuable and poignant role of Information, Communication and Technology in education. Education has for long remained the single point agenda for policy and decision makers to deliberate and discuss upon, the primary objective being to improve the standard and value of education for the student community, the populous who will form the future citizenry of India. Gender parity, arresting the drop-out rates, dealing with teacher absenteeism and bridging the digital divide are a few of the concerns which have been given due priority.

Dear Readers! You would agree today that Research and Education are at the centre of economic and social development and are prerequisites to technological development. In return, the mastery of ICTs could contribute to the improvement of the quality of education. From that moment, integrating ICTs to education becomes a privileged means likely to encourage the emergence of a high level technological socio-economic sector. Keeping the issues in view, the Digital Learning track at eINDIA 2009 seeks to bring to you some of the key speakers in the conference, who have been able to highlight issues such as equipment, software and connectivity, while they underlie the low-level of techno- pedagogic skills of teachers, the absence of an appropriate introductory strategy of ICTs in educational institutions, as well as the absence or paradoxical nature of policies. The chosen leaders represent the best minds in their field knowledge and their contribution would provide for an invigorating and learning experience for all.

The cross-country sharing of experiences and regional specificities has always ensured that new and possible collaborations are discussed and forged. With the eINDIA 2009 Award nomination coverage, every reader will find, according to their interest, information that is likely to generate after thoughts, inspire actions, bring into focus the policy and the management provisions. As the patrons, we at Digital Learning, take this privilege to recognise and honour the good practices and initiatives of excellence and present those before you!

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At eINDIA 2009 we celebrate CHANGE, the change brought about in the community, schools, colleges and grassroots, through the application of ICTs; the change that will fuel the process further and usher in an era of digitally integrated and inclusive society for all. Come join in the euphoria!

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