The government is embarking on an ambitious project to connect all the schools, colleges and universities and provide an internet-enabled computer connection to each teacher in the country.
At the sidelights of a preview of the complete education portal, Sakshat, education secretary Sudeep Banerjee said on Sunday that the government has decided to provide free internet connection to five lakh university and college teachers.
“A decision has been taken by the University Grants Commission,” he said. The government has also decided to give teachers interest-free loan to purchase computers. The decision will cost the exchequer Rs 50 crore per annum.
To ensure that students in government schools also learn from the web, the government has decided to connect schools and provide internet facility in 700 cities across the country. “We will implement both the plans before the end of this year,” Banerjee asserted.
A larger canvass is envisaged next year when government plans to give a computer with internet connection to each government schoolteacher and 50 internet kiosks in each secondary level school.
The Indian Institute of Sciences is developing a $50 computer whereas research is on in IITs for a $10 computer. The government has also planned a high-speed internet signal through satellite, said N K Sinha, Joint Secretary, in charge of distance education.