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School IT Fest gets under way

Tech-savvy: Education Minister M.A. Baby listening to a presentation of project by a student at the State School IT Fest at the Technopark in the city on Thursday. – Photo: S. Mahinsha
Tech-savvy: Education Minister M.A. Baby listening to a presentation of project by a student at the State School IT Fest at the Technopark in the city on Thursday. – Photo: S. Mahinsha

What Kerala now requires is an all-out effort to make it fully computer-literate, Education Minister M.A. Baby has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating the ninth State School IT Fest at the Technopark club here on Thursday.

The computer-literacy drive would be spearheaded by ‘brigades' of IT-savvy students. After providing computers and Net connectivity to schools in the State, the IT@School provided IT training to student IT coordinators. While 18,000 such coordinators were trained during the Onam holidays, 51,700 students were trained during the Christmas holidays, the Minister said.

The IT@School was planning to facilitate the sale of laptops and netbooks to 50,000 teachers at discounted prices.

Recently a private agency had, in association with Google, done a study on the grasp of Mathematics and languages that schoolchildren across different States had. The study found that children from Kerala were ahead of all others on these indices. “No study is needed to show the extent of ICT penetration in Kerala's schools; it is very evident,” he added.

Award presented

The Minister handed over the Stockholm Challenge Award received by the IT@School to the programme's executive director Anvar Sadath. He also formally launched the ‘IT for All' programme on the ViCTERS channel anchored by journalist Anand Parthasarathy.

The Director of Public Instruction A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish and the CEO of Technopark Mervin Alexander also participated in the inaugural ceremony.

In later sessions, founder-CEO of the Technopark G. Vijayaraghavan and the director of the Centre for Bioinformatics, University of Kerala, Achuthsankar S. Nair interacted with students.

Around 600 children from around the State are participating in the two-day IT fest. The names and photographs of the winners of various competitions being held at the festival would be posted on the website www.itschool.gov.in/itfest.

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