A Whole New World opens up for Students at Guru Bhavan
M. Sudha, an eighth standard student, was fascinated to see information about the history of Chitradurga appear on her computer screen.
This young girl, who was surfing the Internet for the first time, was happy to participate in the Internet awareness program being held at the Guru Bhavan.
The three-day program has been jointly organised by the Department of Information Technology and the Department of Public Instruction to help students, mainly from rural areas, learn more about the Internet.
The program, which started on Thursday, has been receiving encouraging response from students of various schools in the district.
The program is being conducted for students of standards seven to ten. The aim is to impart awareness on the Internet to about 1,800 in three batches.
Four teams of teachers have been formed, each teaching about 150 students at a time.
The department has arranged nearly 60 computers borrowed from government schools and various other departments. The BSNL has provided the broadband connection.
The department has arranged buses to bring students from various parts of the district to the venue.
Nodal officer N.R. Tippeswamy said that though the target was to educate 1,800 students, the number may cross 2,000.
“On the first day we received 630 students, which is more than our target,” he said.
He said that through the program, the students would be taught to use the Internet effectively and retrieve information from various websites.
Rural students seldom get a chance to work with the computer, he said. The programme was introduced about eight years ago, he added.