Kerala has become the first state in the country to go completely digital in public education. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will soon be making the official announcement of the same.
Projects undertaken by the government
The state was able to achieve this feat with the help of hi-tech projects consisting of Rs. 493.50 Crore hi-tech school project for the secondary schools and the Rs. 300 Crore hi-tech lab project for the primary schools in the state. As per reports, 16000 public schools in the state have now been equipped with 374,274 IT equipment which includes 23,098 projector screens, 43,250 mounting kits, 4,545 LED TVs, 4,578 DSLR Cameras, 4,720 full HD webcams, 4,611 multifunctional printers along with high-speed broadband connection in 12,678 schools.
The programmes were implemented by the Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education also known as KITE which has played a major part in the continuous education of the students in the state during the lockdown since March 2020.
K. Anvar Sadath, CEO at KITE while speaking to the media stated that all the equipment has a five-year onsite warranty which is the first of its kind in the country. To address any complaints a web portal and call centre are also functional. He further stated that the requirements are all insurance covered.
He also added that an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enabled learning system has also been installed in order to ensure essential components such as ICT Content development are delivered through the Samagra Portal. The public schools in the state have hi-tech classrooms and IT Labs to provide a global experience to the students and teachers in the teaching-learning process.
KITE introduced the First Bell Digital Classes for the students during the lockdown which is an alternative to the classes in the backdrop of schools that have been closed since March 2020. 2,650 classes have been completed since its launch on June 1, 2020.
The state government has also ensured that not even a single student must miss out on the classes during the pandemic and through the First Bell programme the classes are being conducted through the KITE VICTERS channel which also broadcasts through Facebook Live and YouTube.