The Himachal Pradesh Government would create globally recognized best educational facilities infrastructure to its students and introduce computer education in every elementary educational institution all over the State in a phased manner. This was revealed by Shri Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister while addressing the prize winners of the painting competition, jointly organized by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) here today.
Â· Computer literacy programme introduced in 282 high schools of the State.
Â· Government to create globally recognized educational infrastructure.
Â· Government to consider to incorporate emerging trends in prevailing educational curriculum.
Chief Minister said that the computer literacy programme had already been introduced in 282 high schools of the State and beginning was made in June, 2005 from Government High School, Himri in district Shimla under the technical expertise of the NIIT. He said that the outcome of the programme was encouraging and his Government had decided to extend the programme to every elementary educational institution in a phased manner. He said that after achieving the objective of complete computer literacy of all the elementary educational institution, the same would be extended down to the primary level so that students were acquainted with the basics of the computer literacy from the very beginning of their academic career.
Virbhadra Singh said that his Government was considering to incorporate the emerging trends in the prevailing educational curriculum so that students were introduced to the globally emerging trends in modern education system. He said that information technology, bio-technology and science were the basic disciplines and linkages which were required to be taught to the students from the very beginning to equip them with the best of educational qualifications which could help them in exploring the global horizons in their career building. He said that the State had emerged as the role model in the education sector and was leading the nation in best educational infrastructure. He said that the State had made humble beginning and started its journey on the path of progress from a scratch with meager resources. He said that the achievements made in different fields were incomparable in a number of ways to emerge as role model of development, education sector being one of the same.
Chief Minister gave away prizes to the winners of computer painting competition organized in Government schools where computer literacy programme was in progress. He congratulated the prize winners and said that there was no dearth of talented students who needed proper guidance and polishing at the hands of experts and said that his Government would put in best efforts to bring such talented students to the fore.
B.M.Nanta, Director of Elementary Education and Mission Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan said that the computer literacy project, started as a pilot project in the State had yielded encouraging results and the project was being extended to other Government schools. He said that Himachal Pradesh was the first State in the country introducing computer literacy programme in Government schools to enable students from all sections of the society learn modern modes of education. He appreciated the cooperation being extended by the NIIT in making the joint venture a success. He said that every senior secondary school was imparting computer education to the senior level school students and gradually the entire educational system would be incorporating computer literacy as a compulsory subject in the near future.
L.Balasubramanium, President, NIIT welcomed the Chief Minister and expressed happiness in associating with the State of Himachal Pradesh for teaching the school children computer education. He said that technology plays an important role in shaping the future of the young generation and information technology had emerged as the most vital subject in the prevailing educational system. He assured of more collaboration of all such ventures with the State Government.