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Intel envisions e-literate teachers

Computer chip-making giant Intel Corporation has envisaged an ambitious plan for Uttar Pradesh -to promote digital literacy and produce computer literate teachers in the state. Haidar Naqvi reports.

lucknow Updated: May 27, 2012 15:36 IST
Haidar Naqvi

Computer chip-making giant Intel Corporation has envisaged an ambitious plan for Uttar Pradesh -to promote digital literacy and produce computer literate teachers in the state.

The global corporation is in advance stages of negotiations with the state government about executing its plan before the government begins distributing the promised laptops and tablets to youngsters.

"It is a commendable step taken by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and has clearly impressed us," said Ashutosh Chaddha, director, Intel, South Asia, on the sidelines of the Hindustan Times Development Conclave.

But as experience suggests, this kind of technology expansion wouldn't work unless the teachers and the end users are trained to operate them effectively, he added. "Examples abound of people losing interest in devices in absence of knowledge on using them. They ended up selling their gadgets in used gadget markets," said Chaddha.

"Clearly there is a need for a better interplay between technology and education. Government teachers can act as vital tools in ushering in digital literacy and capacity building for future," he said.

In the beginning, Intel would focus on government teachers, particularly in the rural areas, where it plans to root in its Intel Teach programme.

"Urban populace is well-versed with computing but not the rural folk. Training teachers will help in greater utilisation of technology at the micro-level," he said. Under the programme, Intel will launch training courses in the government primary schools that it would shortlist with government's help.

"Our aim is to train teachers in a way that is more student-centric in approach," said Chadha.

"Uttar Pradesh has a good intellectual property right now and the time is right that efforts get underway for capacity building to help the future generations as well," he added.

While looking for a strategic partnership with the state, Intel wants the government to work on giving rural folk access to computers and connectivity."