Smart government schools in Punjab on the anvil

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In Punjab, as many as 1,000 primary and 1,800 secondary schools will get laptops, multimedia projectors and high-speed internet via joint funding from the state and Centre., thus turning government-run 2,800 schools in the state into smart schools in 2018-19. This will make the teaching-learning process easy and more effective.

This smart schools project in Punjab will cost Rs 64 crore, which is part of the Rs 900 crore project approved by the Project Approval Board of the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry under the new and integrated education scheme Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, which focuses on improving quality of education, enhancing the learning outcomes and using technology to empower children and teachers.

While Rs 50,000 have been approved for converting two classrooms in each of the 1,000 primary schools into smart classrooms, 1,800 senior secondary schools will get Rs 3 lakh each to make teaching more interactive and improve creative thinking in learning process through the integration of technology in education.