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School education goes hi-tech in Orissa

03 September 2009

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Edustat network will help around 40 schools in the eastern Indian state of Orissa to address shortage of quality teachers in remote regions. The two-way video and audio communication connects teachers at a studio with students in the hinterlands, making classroom teaching interesting.

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government has linked 40 schools in the state to the Edusat network with an aim to modernising the school education.

Image credits: Orissa Diary/ Village students in a classroom

'We have connected 40 schools on an experimental basis. I am sure it will be successful and expanded to many other schools in Orissa,' Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Monday.

The network provides two-way video and audio communications between teachers at the studio here and students in the remote schools thus making the class interactive.

The state government hopes that this would help in addressing the deficiency of quality teachers in the remote areas of Orissa. The technical assistance has been provided by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

'We have connected 40 schools of 28 districts. The technical assistance has been provided by ISRO. ISRO has also provided the required bandwidth and its technical hub free of cost,' an official said.

The official said the infrastructure has the potential to cover all the schools of the state.

Source : Yahoo News

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