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Intel plans big for UP

GLOBAL COMPUTER chipmaker Intel India has ambitious plans for Uttar Pradesh.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 01:32 IST

GLOBAL COMPUTER chipmaker Intel India has ambitious plans for Uttar Pradesh.

“We would soon start holding talks with the Department of IT & Electronics, Government of UP for launching the ‘Intel Teach to the Future Programme’ targeted at thousands of school teachers in the State,” Vinesh Paperwala, Country Manager (Government & Education Vertical) Intel India said on the concluding day of the ‘e-Governance Conference’organised on the sidelines of  ‘UPinfocomm 2k6’  by UPDESCO & UP Electronics Deleopment Corporation at the Scientific Convention Centre, KGMU here on Monday.

He said that the ‘Intel Teach to the Future Programme’ is the global computer chipmaker’s worldwide programme created by the teachers and for the teachers to help them effectively integrate technology into instruction and enable enhanced student learning in schools and in universities across the globe. “Our programme had already trained 530,000 teachers during the past five years across 30,000 schools in India,” Paperwala said.

Intel India is now holding the programme in 28 universities and even premier educational bodies such as NCERT and SCERTs, he said.

The Indian states where the programme had already been covered are Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttaranchal and Karnataka.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor, Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) Prof DS Chauhan said that the University has plans for starting an e-Guru programme on the lines of the one started by IIT-Mumbai recently.

The e-Guru programme comprises teaching modules where a student may not stay in the university campus and could send  his or her  doctoral thesis or any other project work on e-mail to his guide or faculty while having regular interactions with him on the e-mail or a web-based platform.

The concept is very popular in the United States where students do not stay in the university campus but interact from home with their faculty and guides, he said.

“The educational system of Uttar Pradesh is at par with any other state in India and also much ahead qualitatively,” Chauhan said.

Manisha Saxena, IAS, deputy commissioner, South-West Delhi said that the citizens in Delhi can check status of all their applications through Internet, landlines or mobile phones. Since 1997 Delhi has nine districts and 27 sub-divisions under the control of the divisional commissioner,” she said.

Ashok Kumar of the Department of Education, Delhi Government added that the department had been adopting a holistic approach with a web-based system which captures the workflow process of the entire department be it drop out rate in schools or opening of new schools in Delhi.