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HANDS-ON: Students being exposed to computer literacy at the inaugural of the Village Knowledge Centre of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation at Neduvasal near Pudukottai.
HANDS-ON: Students being exposed to computer literacy at the inaugural of the Village Knowledge Centre of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation at Neduvasal near Pudukottai.

Staff Reporter

PUDUKOTTAI: The mobile unit of M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation will take up a six-day soil-testing programme in Pudukottai district for assessing deficiency in texture, nutrient and other ingredients from January 31.

The van, which has equipment, will reach out to various fields and collect soil samples.

Speaking to The Hindu on Wednesday on the sidelines of the inaugural of the Village Knowledge Centre (VKC) at Neduvasal village in Tiruvarankulam block, project co-ordinator of the Foundation’s village resource centre R. Rajkumar said that the programme would be taken up in co-ordination with the Indian Farmers’ Fertlisers Cooperative Limited (IFFCO).

Priority would be accorded to villages with VKCs. On Neduvasal, Mr. Rajkumar said that the village would get a facelift under the ‘Microsoft Unlimited Potential Programme’ (MUPP).

The villagers would be imparted computer literacy under the MUPP, focussing on development of agriculture and allied activities in the village.

To nurture students’ skills, two exclusive programmes would be implemented.

Students of Standards VI to VIII would be trained on critical thinking, computer education and collaborative work.

Under the Computer Aided Literacy Programme (CALP), 65 compact discs would be distributed to students of VIII to X standards. These discs would facilitate comprehension of the syllabi through a learner-friendly strategy, Mr. Rajkumar said.

Alankudi MLA S. Rajasekar, who inaugurated the VKC, appealed to the Foundation to ensure development of agriculture and allied activities. Marketing Manager, IFFCO, M. Krishnan explained the methodology to be followed for collection of samples.

Tamil Nadu Industries Investment Corporation manager R. Vivekanandan spoke. Resource-persons explained the importance of computer literacy to the students on the occasion.

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