Bangalore, Oct 31 (UNI) Applied Materials Inc, in its efforts to bridge the digital and educational divide, opened a Solar Digital Equalizer Centre at a Government School in Kadabagere on the outskirts of the city today.
Speaking to press persons after the inauguration, Company Vice President Joe Pawn said that this is a first Solar powered computer Lab installed to deal with school facing power shortages.
He said the company has taken up a programme to launch the solar power enabled digital equalizer centres in 216 government schools of 18 districts of Karnataka in the next three years to bring the rural children closer to technology and help them move towards the digital age.
The solar energy generates electricity for six hours and meets the needs of the school during times of power disruption, he said.
He said that the company had invested about Rs 15 lakh for setting up of the solar powered Lab with solar panel and ten computers in the school.
The object of the project has been to providing self sustaining computer centres and computer education in the hinterlands, he said adding that the programme is designed to improve teaching and learning through effective integration of computer technology into the regular curriculum of schools.
He said the company had first started the programme with setting up of Digital Equalizer Centre two years ago in a government high school at Gunjur and the success of the pilot programme has spurred the company to set up grant for the training of teachers, cluster coordination, state team leaders and the academic supervisors leading to setting up of solar powered centres, he added.
The digital equalizer programme so far has touched 20,750 students and 650 teachers so far besides the community needs, he said.
The programme centers are also open during the off-school hours and used for a variety of community activities, he said.
Mr Pawn said that the Applied Materials has partnered with American India Foundation to implement the programme in government-aided schools for making meaningful social investments in the state.