The government of the Indian state of
Himachal Pradesh has awarded a contract to implement next-generation
solutions for teaching and learning in 1471 schools across 12
districts in the state.
The INR 1.57 billion (US $29.62
million) project will provide computer-aided learning solutions to
schools across Himachal Pradesh. The schools involved in the project
will acquire digital classrooms equipped with interactive white
boards and multimedia content.
618 government senior secondary
schools, 848 government high schools and five ‘smart schools’ in
the state will be involved in this project. In addition, 7500
teachers will receive training on how to understand and use these
technology solutions, and how to facilitate ICT education of their
Digital learning solutions are making
significant inroads into India. The government of the state of Punjab
recently announced the development of 795 new computer labs in
government schools across the state.
This initiative was launched as part of
Phase V and VI of a centrally-sponsored ICT scheme in Punjab. During
the first four phases, the government focused on enhancing ICT
education in schools through new classes and curriculum, and training
teachers in effective use of ICT tools in teaching.
ICT-enabled schools in Punjab have been
given access to power generators and broadband internet connections
to facilitate implementation of state-wide school management of
information systems (MIS) and geographic information systems (GIS),
which are under development.