The Hi-Tech school programme is a major highlight of the Public Education Rejuvenation Mission of the State Govt, aimed at upgrading all classrooms to international standards. KITE was identified as the implementing agency for the programme, being the pioneer of ICT enabled education in the State for over a decade. The Detailed Project Report for implementing the Hi-Tech school programme for 4775 schools at a total estimated cost of Rs.493.50 Cr, prepared by KITE was approved by KIIFB, the nodal agency for monitoring all Govt projects.
Each classroom would be equipped with Laptop, Multimedia Projector, Whiteboard and Sound system. Each Hi-Tech IT Lab would feature Desktop Computers with UPS, Multifunction Printers, LCD TV and a HD Camera. Specific Security features would be installed in schools. The IT Labs and Classrooms would be connected via network through a Central server in the Lab, which would allow sharing of information. High Speed fibre based Broadband internet would be made available in all classrooms.
State-wide implementation of the scheme
After successfully undertaking a pilot implementation of Hi-Tech School Programme in 139 selected schools in 4 constituencies – Alappuzha, Puthukkad, Kozhikode North and Thaliparamba and also including the 7 Smart Schools, the State wide launch of the programme was inaugurated by Hon.Chief Minister on 22 January 2018 at Thiruvananthapuram.
In the first phase of ICT distribution, a total of 22,000 Classrooms out of the total 45,000 have been made Hi-Tech, as on 31.03.2018.
As part of the scheme, KITE has deployed the following ICT equipments to schools, till date.
Capacity Building for Teachers and Students
As part of the pilot implementation, KITE has imparted ICT based trainings to 85,343 teachers from High School, Higher Secondary, Vocational Higher Secondary and Upper Primary sections. In addition to this, 28434 students were trained in 5 domains, viz Animation, Electronics, Hardware, Cyber Safety and Malayalam Computing during this Onam vacation. Earlier this year, 62240 students were given a One day awareness on all the 5 topics, which was followed by Two day training for 62011 students.
KITE has developed SAMAGRA Resource Portal which functions as a repository of educational contents for students from class 1 to 12. Samagra features e-Resources, Textbooks and Question Banks in the form of images, videos, animations, interactive narrations and tutorials. Till date Samagra has a total of 10,000 contents, in four mediums of instruction- Malayalam, English, Tamil and Kannada. The focus is more on the Secondary level, in which contents have been uploaded upto the 2nd term of this year. Specific content development workshops are conducted at various levels at regular intervals. www.samagra.itschool.gov.in
Broadband connectivity to schools
As part of Hi-Tech school project, KITE has also provided high speed broadband connectivity to 1946 HSS/VHSE schools and 1179 High schools in the State.
eWaste Management from schools
KITE had tied up with Clean Kerala Company of Govt of Kerala dispose over 1 Cr kilograms of e-Waste from over 10,000 schools and educational offices in Kerala. It has been reported that the eWaste which has been accumulated since the past two decades, eats-up huge space of IT labs, besides obstructing the lab activities in a large way. As on date over 500 Tonnes of eWaste has been disposed from 14 districts. Equipments such as Desktop Computers, CRT Monitors, Laptops, Desktop Cabinets, Drives, Printers, Projectors, UPS, Camera, Speaker System, Television, Network Components, Generators etc are being included in the eWaste category.
Free Software benefits
KITE has been an ambassador for Free & Open Source Software for decades, as it gives the freedom to create, edit and share educational contents without any restrictions. KITE has developed its own Operating System- IT@School Ubuntu, which is loaded with several educational applications. It is estimated that as much as Rs.900 Cr would be saved this year with use of Free Software Operating System and Applications which are loaded in the Laptops which are distributed to schools as part of Hi-Tech school programme.
Monitoring and Support Systems
Effective monitoring and support systems which are essential for ICT enabled education has been implemented by KITE. The SAMPOORNA school management software is the ideal example which captures every minute detail of students in all schools. This year Govt had made it compulsory for all schools in the State to upload the details of all students in Sampoorna. Additional details such as Teacher’s data, administrative details, infrastructure details, attendance etc would be added into Sampoorna.www.sampoorna.itschool.gov.in