Intel launches training programme for teachers on PPP model

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Bangalore, Dec 10 (UNI) In a major initiative to bridge the digital divide, the Karnataka Government has tied up with Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, for open source-based teacher training programme in over 45,000 primary schools.

Speaking to newspersons here, Rahul Bedi, Director, Corporate Affairs, Intel South Asia, and India Business Operations Manager said Intel, spending over 100 million US Dollars per year on Intel Teach Programme worldwide, was launching open source-based teacher training programme for primary schools in Karnataka.

He said under the programme, the Intel Teach, which had designed the curriculum to introduce Computer Education at the basic level, would work with the State Government under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme. The programme, a first of its kind initiative in the country, would empower the teaching community at primary schools to impart computer education to children, he added.

Mr Bedi said the programme, being taken up on Private-Public Partnership (PPP) model, would be initiated in over 1,400 primary schools in the first phase and later extended to cover all the primary schools. Intel would provide all the necessary software support, including developing teaching methodology, curriculum and teaching skills. ''The programme is all about effective integration of computer technology in classroom curricula,'' he said.

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