it@school

The IT@School Project under General Education Department was set-up to augment the IT education in schools and also to enhance the quality of IT education towards a complete ICT enabled educational system.  The Project envisages enhancing the role of Information Technology as a teaching aid for learning all subjects. IT@School Project is termed as the Single largest simultaneous deployment of FOSS based ICT education in the world. Headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram, the Project has District Resource Centers in each district. The project is the nodal agency for all eGovernance activities under General Education Department and also the nodal agency for implementing EDUSAT operations in the State, under which an educational channel vizVICTERS is functioning.
Kerala has been the role-model for other states in terms of numerous educational initiatives, but this remarkable achievement, IT education in the state in the early 2000 was not found effective with respect to the State School Curriculum. There was no dedicated system to take care of this requirement and also there was inadequate infrastructural amenities available in the schools. To overcome this hurdle, Government of Kerala rolled out the IT@School Project in year 2001, to augment the IT education in schools also to enhance the quality of IT education towards a complete ICT enabled educational system. The Project is the outcome of the vision document developed by the State appointed task force headed by Prof. U.R.Rao in 2000.


     The Project is now been implemented from Lower Primary to Higher Secondary classes in the state covering as many as 12,000 schools. An estimated 50 lakhs students and 2 lakhs teachers are now part of this project who have benefited from ICT enabled education. The Project operates through 200 Master Trainers, who are school teachers attached to the Project on working arrangement, School IT Co-ordinators (selected subject teacher in each school) and Student School IT Co-ordinators. The Project functions completely on Free Software platform since it provides the freedom to an individual to study, copy, modify and re-distribute any content, a process which would ultimately benefit the whole society. The Project aims to empower all the school teachers in the state on ICT tools, making them IT champions and also to implement ICT enabled learning system for all subjects. Apart from infrastructure deployment to schools, the Project also ensures the proper maintenance of hardware equipments at schools through Hardware Clinics and reporting of faulty machines through the webportal which would then be rectified. Being the nodal agency of General Education department for e-governance, almost all the functions of the department has been automated by the Project.


      IT@School is the nodal agency for implementing EDUSAT network in the State and runs an exclusive channel for education called VICTERS (Versatile ICT Enabled Resource for Schools), which is now aired for 17 hours a day- from 6am to 11pm. The project has now associated with BSNL and RailTel to provide high speed Internet broadband connectivity to all high schools in Kerala. The success of the Project can be visualised by the conduct IT practical examination in free software for students, first of this kind in the world with so much vast resourceful deployment of free software. The efforts of Project saw deployment of adequate IT infrastructure to all schools including computers and other accessories.