Tablet computers will be distributed to school students across the State in a phased manner, said Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb.

In his address at the inauguration of ‘Tech vidya @ school’ initiated by the Ernakulam district panchayat here on Monday, Mr. Rabb said that the project will be implemented in association with local bodies and parent teacher associations. Students would be able to upload their lessons on the tablet PCs and communicate with their teachers on the Internet, he said.

Mr. Rabb said that the smart classroom project in schools had reached its final stages. A classroom in each school will be converted into a smart class. The aim is to set up classrooms without books, an official release quoting the Minister said.

Anoop Jacob, Minister for Civil Supplies, said that awareness should be created among students on how to use technology for knowledge upgradation. The challenge before teachers and parents is to check misuse of technology, he said.

Eldhose Kunnappillil, president of Ernakulam district panchayat, said the ‘Tech vidya @ school’ project would train students in the lower and upper primary sections in schools under the Ernakulam district panchayat. The project is being implemented by Keltron. Fifty-three schools will receive around 140 desktops, 221 laptops, and 91 multimedia projectors as part of the project.