The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Friday approved a scheme, National Mission on Education, to use the Information Communication Technology (ICT) to provide personalised and interactive knowledge modules to students.
Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said the scheme will cost Rs 4,612 crore in the 11th Plan.
Over 18,000 colleges across India will get computer infrastructure and connectivity, including all departments in 419 universities, deemed universities and institutions of national importance, Sibal said.
In another decision, the Cabinet approved the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan to increase enrolment rates in secondary education from 52.26 per cent at present to 75 per cent in 2012.
Under the scheme 11,188 new schools will be built and 44,000 existing schools strengthened and 1.79 lakh additional teachers will be appointed.
Ordinance allowing deployment of Central Industrial Security Force in private institutions on payment basis has been passed.
Nod has also been given for setting up Indian Grape Processing Board at Pune, with Rs 5.93 crore investment, to promote Indian wine.