To provide quality education to largest possible number of students, the Cabinet will on Friday take up two schemes — free Internet access for college and university students, and a secondary school at every 5 km.
Under the National Mission in Education through Information and Communication Technology, the human resource development ministry has proposed broadband connections for all colleges and universities. The aim is to get Indian students on the information technology highway in five years and interconnect all the institutions of higher education.
“This will ensure that every student in India has a free Internet connection in colleges and hostels around-the-clock,” a senior HRD ministry official, who didn’t want to be identified, said.
Free access to tutorials and journals, online interaction with teachers and foreign institutions through education websites, like Sakshat, are part of the plan. The mission will also support research to develop low-cost IT solutions like a laptop for less than Rs 2,000. “We’ve already asked the department of science and technology to work on these projects,” the official said.
The Cabinet will also consider Rs 20,120 crore Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan aimed at expanding and improving secondary education, involving classes VIII to X.