Tvm: The Government would establish ‘Free Digital Libraries’ in all Schools under the auspices of IT@School Project. This was announced by the State Education Minister Shri M A Baby at a function to distribute the IT hardware to schools on March 8, 2010.
Speaking at the function, Baby said, “Here the scope of the word ‘Free’ doesn’t limit to mere free of cost. Instead schools will get absolute freedom to copy, modify and re-distribute the content among teachers, students and general public. This is in tune with the Free Software philosophy, as against the ‘License Raj system’ offered by proprietary software”.
The Minister was inaugurating the State level hardware distribution to schools under ‘ICT in School Scheme’ at the District office of IT@School in Trivandrum. The first laptop was given to the Principal of GVHSS, Malayinkeezhu. Under this scheme 4071 schools in the state would receive equipments like 7300 Computers, 3740 Laptops, 6510 UPS, 1291 Printers, 785 Scanners, 1160 Multimedia Projectors, 925 Multi-function (Print - Scan - Copy - Fax) Printers, 1500 Handycams, 430 LCD Televisions (32”), 370 3 KVA UPS, 1830 TFT Monitors, 1500 External Hard Disks, etc. by the end of March 2010. The scheme is being implemented with support from Keltron.
K Anvar Sadath, ED, IT@School Project said, “We save about Rs.11 Crores every year by opting for the Free Software Platform for schools. As part of ‘Free Digital Library’ initiative, IT@School will supply Digital CDs & DVDs to all schools by next academic year. The Digital Content thus proposed to deliver includes ICT enabled education software, tutorials, content of ‘ViCTERs Channel’ and any content which we feel relevant to the teaching - learning community”.
IT@School hopes to provide this material to the ‘Free digital Libraries’ on a regular basis. Besides, schools can download some content using the broadband facility available in schools. IT@School will facilitate sharing of digital materials and video documentaries produced by schools among themselves. There is no issue of piracy or unauthorized copying, but all teachers and students can use these materials the way they wish to use.