The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education, erstwhile the Kerala IT@School project of state education has department rolled out Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tender worth 300 crore for state schools. Published publicly on the states e Tender portal, the total stated requirements is of 60, 250 laptops and around 43,750 multimedia projectors. The official release stated the Tender as the largest of its kind in the southern state, and details of the same are on etenders.kerala.gov.in.
KITE: Official Release
The very first Special Purpose Vehicle to receive funding from the Kerala Infrastructure And Investment Fund Board (KIIFB), KITE was established by the state government to support projects worth Rs 50000 crore in five years. According to K Anvar Sadath, Vice Chairman and Executive Director, KITE: “ICT infrastructure of this sort is only one pillar of the whole scheme and under Public Education rejuvenation Mission programme we are incorporating all these components together”. The e-tender for other equipment like multifunction printers, 3 KVA UPS, LCD TV, HD Camera etc would be published very soon. So before the beginning of next the academic year, all 45000 class rooms would be fully digitised, Sadath added.
Government Schools to Benefit
Under the scheme, close to 4775 government and government-aided schools, including 2685 high schools, 1701 higher secondary schools and 389 vocational higher secondary schools. Each classroom to be equipped with laptops, multimedia projector, whiteboard and sound system under the program’s implementation. Further, High speed fibre-based broadband internet would connect together IT Labs and classrooms via Central Server network. Each Hi-Tech IT Lab would feature with UPS, multi-function printers, LCD TV and a HD Camera, and specific security features would be up-and-running in schools.
As the scope of KITE has been expanded to sectors such as Higher Education, its diverse range of developmental activities shall facilitate in making Kerala the first fully digital state in education,” Education Minister Raveendranath said.