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To: Harilal <harilal(a)cusat.ac.in>
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 3:47 PM
It is not a virtual Surrender to MNCS. Think about the logistics
involved. We have to train some 500 Master Trainers for training other
teachers. All the 2000 Schools should have sufficient copies of Software.
Then there is the need of a unified syllabus through the State, then only
exams could be conducted in the SSLC. Think about the training alone.
We are employing now 165 Master Trainers after giving them 15 days
training in association with Intel. These people are to give training to
60000 teachers. What do an average person learns on IT
training? But they are managing it because they are familiar with
Microsoft products, which are common through out this state. What about
the course materials for 60000 teachers? What about the Software at the
training centres? Does the free Software foundation man a call centre
where people can get help in our language whenever they encounter a
problem with Hardware or Software while using the free Software? There is
so many other logistical issues associated.
You must understand that IT @ School was started way back
in 2000. It is making some progress only during this year. Please note
that I took over on 17th August 2001 and was running pillar to post to
arrange all these logistics till April 2002. Apart from the DEOs and
you may be astonished to hear the number of people
with Project team,
which is implementing this mammoth the project.
Data entry operators-3
165 MTs who are busy with training . We are training around 1300 high
school teachers is around 75 training centres every two weeks.
We adopt a strategy to introduce Microsoft for the 1st year then move to
open office during 2nd year (for IT-2 text book) and introduces Linux and
open office in 50:50 arrangement with windows and Ms office from IT-3
textbook onwards. When sufficient groundwork is done the school level
and teachers level we may increase the weightage of open Software in our
curriculum. This year Prof. Krishnan (University College,
Thiruvananthapuram). President of Trivandrum chapter Free Software
foundation is a member of the expert Committee overseeing the
preparation of IT-2 textbook. Need I say anything more.
IT @ School Project