`Computer-aided education gaining ground'

Pondicherry Sept. 6. The Pondicherry Education Minister, K. Lakshminarayanan, has said the Department of Education was planning to introduce modern gadgets and computer facilities in educational institutions to make learning a pleasant and interesting for students.

Inaugurating a two-day inter-collegiate meet `Tech Lite 2003', organised by the Department of Computer Science, in Bharathidasan Government College for Women here today, Mr. Lakshminarayanan said the Jeevanandham Government HSS had already introduced computer- based teaching system. A sea change had been taking place in the teaching pattern. Normally a classroom would mean a blackboard, chalk piece and teachers handling subjects. Now with the latest discoveries in the information and technology sector, computer-aided education was gaining ground.

Appreciating the students for conducting the programme, the Minister promised that such events would be held from next year on grand scale and the Government would also extend financial assistance for programmes as the innate talents of the youth should be identified and tapped.

Former Minister, A. Kasilingam MLA, said the programme would help students showcase their talents.

The Secretary to Department of Education, M. Sathiavathi, said the meet offered opportunities for students from nearly eight colleges from Pondicherry and Karaikal to participate in various competitions.

Forty students from government-run and privately managed self-financing colleges are participating in the meet.

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