Delivering education through ICT
19 July 2012
At present ICT adoption is largely limited to computer labs in government schools. However, there is a move towards delivering education through the use of tablets and some talk of Cloud computing.
2012's Union Budget boosted allocation for the education sector by 21.7% year-on-year. Manish Bahl, Director, India and Research Operations and Senior Analyst serving Vendor Strategy Professionals, Forrester Inc, commented on his blog, "The proposals to set up 6,000 schools through public/private partnerships, and implement a service tax exemption for school education infrastructure, will generate substantial opportunities around PCs (desktops, laptops, and tablets), classroom technologies like interactive engagement and back-office technologies like CRM, ERP, BI, and Smart Campus. Low-cost tablets will be in much greater demand when backed by government initiatives." Clearly, a shift is on the horizon for education and IT is the catalyst here.
Use of ICT in government schools & colleges
The education sector has witnessed a lot of progressive changes in recent times. The most prominent has been the shift to instructor-led delivery aided by technology-enabled solutions. Technology has become an integral part of the classroom and an increasing number of teachers are using technology-led tools as teaching aids to enhance the delivery of their lessons According to Srikanth B Iyer, COO, Pearson Education Services, "Computer science is being taught in several government schools and this trend has, in turn, led to an acceleration in the growth of computer science labs across this category of schools."
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