Indian government gave over $150 million to states for technology in schools since 2011

The Indian government has spent nearly $150 million in 2011-12 and the current year so far under the centrally sponsored scheme for ICT. The government on Wednesday said that the ministry of human resources development has approved coverage of 96007 Secondary and Higher Secondary schools under the ICT for schools scheme till date.

During the current Financial Year nearly $20 million has been set aside to cover students belonging to the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe, the government said.

A separate program called Computer Aided Learning (CAL) is under implementation for the Upper Primary Schools for the students in the age group 6-14 years. Nearly a lakh upper primary schools have been covered under CAL until now.

Under the Scheme priority is given to educationally backward blocks and areas with concentration of scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, minority and weaker sections. However, separate allocation for scheduled caste and scheduled tribe has been begun under the scheme from the year 2011-12.

In the eleventh five year plan, the Ministry of Human resources was allocated nearly $10 billion to spend on education for 2011-12.

This spend does not include what the state governments spend on ICT in schools. During the recent state elections, various political parties have promised to give away laptops and tablets to students.

The Indian government has also been trying to get the low cost tablet project Aakash of the ground to improve ICT adoption in schools. However, the project has been mired in controversy and has faced delay and supply issues.

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