AP govt selects NComputing for massive computer edu prog

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Hyderabad, Oct 13 (UNI) NComputing, a leading provider of shared computing technology, today announced that Andhra Pradesh government had chosen it for a massive computer education programme in the state.

The programme, partially funded by the Central Government, would provide computing access for the first time to 18 lakh school children throughout the state. Each of the 5,000 secondary schools would have a 10-seat computing lab with two desktop PCs and eight NComputing systems, a release here said.

''By leveraging NComputing, the government will save nearly Rs 80 crore in upfront and ongoing costs. The government will also use 90 per cent electricity compared to a traditional all-PC solution. At about Rs 4,500 per seat, our solution is the ideal platform to enable schools, businesses, and governments to maximise their PC investment,'' NComputing Chairman and CEO Stephen Dukker said.

The programme based on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model requires outsourcers to install, staff and manage the labs for a five-year term.

This period would also enable school staff to develop their own skills in managing the labs and honing computer-aided teaching capabilities, the release added.

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