GAIL launches e-Shiksha Project

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Noida, Jan 26 (UNI) GAIL (India) Limited launched an education initiative-- 'e-Shiksha'-- for villages in and around its major plants at Pata in UP and Vijaipur in MP.

Two Mobile Computer-Aided Learning Centres, costing over Rs 60 lakhs, were flagged off in Noida by the company's Director (Marketing) BC Tripathi yesterday to mark the launch of the 'e-Shiksha' programme.

The 'e-Shiksha' programme is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities of the company and is aimed at imparting basic computer knowledge in local language to school students and to school dropouts in rural areas in the vicinity of GAIL's plants at Pata and Vijaipur.

GAIL has contributed Rs 63 lakhs for the Mobile Computer-Aided Learning Centres which includes two buses at a cost of Rs 50 lakhs, each equipped with 18 laptops, a generator and AC system.

Contribution towards recurring cost for one year for running the education programme is Rs 6.5 lakh for each bus.

Computer classes will be conducted on Mobile Computer-Aided Learning Centres in the villages surrounding the work centres at Pata and Vijaipur.

The Centres will have a qualified computer instructor to teach the children.

The bus, specially designed and fabricated for the purpose can accommodate 30 learners at any given time and will move from one school to another in the villages wherein each class will run for two hours and thus 3-4 batches can be trained in a day.

The project is being implemented in association with the NGO Aurobindo Chaudhari Memorial Great Indian Dream Foundation (GIDF).

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