Bhubaneswar, Sept 16: The state government has geared up to make e-learning an integral part of high school curriculum under the e-Vidyalaya programme, which was launched by chief minister Naveen Patnaik in February just before the last general elections.
At a recent meeting chaired by development commissioner A P Padhi, it was decided that information and communication technology (ICT) laboratories in 4,000 government-run and aided schools, which have been included for ICT@school scheme in the first phase, will be ready by September 30. These schools have to make ICT lab as part of their academic calendars and time tables, a senior government officer said.
The school and mass education department will identify schools that don’t have enough space for ICT lab so that construction would be taken up on priority under Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA), the central sponsored scheme for secondary education. Power and broadband internet connection would be ensured to these schools with the help of energy department and BSNL.
A teacher from each high school, preferably from science or
mathematics background, will be identified and trained to man the ICT lab equipped with high-end integrated computer, projector, interactive board and audio-visual facilities. The government would work out on a suitable incentive structure for such teachers so that a sense of ownership comes to the teacher concerned. E-content prepared by Odisha Knowledge Corporation Limited (OKCL) has prepared e-content for Class VIII and IX students, which will be used in these labs.