Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The Union Government has agreed to provide Rs.26.60 crore for the computerisation of 400 high schools in the State, according to M.Kutralingam, Principal Secretary of School Education, Tamil Nadu.

Speaking on the occasion of the presentation of the Technology in Education awards here on Monday, Mr. Kutralingam said: “In three years, 6,600 middle schools in the State will be given laptops.”

Ten teachers from the districts of Chennai, Cuddalore, Kanyakumari, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Thiruvarur, Tiruchi and Virudhunagar have been selected as winners at the State-level in the ‘Best use of technology in education contest.’

A total of 51 teachers were awarded the district-level prizes. The competition took place in three phases - block, district and state levels. There were over 400 entries. The winners at the district-level received a joint citation from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Intel along with cash prizes. “Intel India in association with SSA has trained 9.5 lakh teachers through the Intel Teach Program. We have trained 45,000 teachers in Tamil Nadu,” said B.Suryanarayanan, Director, Sales and Marketing (South), Intel India. The program is designed to improve teaching and learning through effective integration of computer technology in classrooms, he added. Earlier, students from different districts made presentation to Mr.Kutralingam and other officials about the projects they did with the assistance of their teachers.