Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: The National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi (NIT-T) has installed 50 personal computers, donated by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), in 10 neighbouring schools.

Responding to a request recently made by the institute, TCS provided the computers with the objective of creating computer literacy among poor children in the schools. NIT-T installed the computers last week, Institute Director M. Chidambaram said.

The State Bank of India branch on the institute premises donated three new personal computers to Thuvakkudi school.

As a preparatory step, the Computer Support Group at the institute provided basic training in operating the systems to 35 teachers of seven schools in 2006. The training benefited more than 700 children.

Mr. Chidambaram was hopeful that TCS would be impressed with the reach of its gesture and donate additional computers in future to bring more schools under the computer literacy initiative. The institute had extended the request for donation of computers to other companies where its alumni were in top positions, he said.

Under the outreach programme, SPIRIT-Ed — Student Participatory Initiative for Rural IT Education — the basics of computers were taught in 12 neighbouring schools in 10 villages. Students conducted classes in nearby schools during their free time. The institute awaited formal approval from the Union Human Resource Ministry for special permission to donate its personal computers, which were otherwise auctioned. The possibility of donating computer systems worth Rs.5 lakh to schools annually was bright.

Lab renovation

Mr. Chidambaram said the institute renovated the Physics and Chemistry laboratories for Plus Two students at a nearby school.

The alumni had agreed to mobilise Rs.30 lakh for the purpose.