October 10 2011: India’s largest IT trainer and one of the world’s largest technical education player, NIIT has brought computer-based learning to 10 million students across India. NIIT’s computer education movement, introduced for the first time in 371 Government schools in Tamil Nadu in 1999 through the Public Private Partnership model- now covers nearly 16,600 educational institutions across 18 States in the country. From Keylong (Himachal Pradesh), to Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), and from Vandh (Gujarat) to Agartala (Tripura) the programme spans the length and the breath of the country.
At an event held at the not-for-profit NIIT University campus in Neemrana to mark the 10 million milestone Kapil Sibal, Indian Minister for Human Resource Development and Communications and IT, felicitated outstanding students and teachers from across the country, adding that the objective now is to take the 10 million number to many more millions—and touch the entire community of India’s school going children.
Children recognised for their exemplary performance included - Mahasweta Kumar from Mangaldoi Govt Girls Higher Secondary School, Darrang, Assam, who is the National winner of MindChampions Academy 2011 (a joint initiative with Viswanathan Anand for developing young minds through Chess). Anirudh Iyengar from Pune was also felicitated for completing the first IGNOU certificate program in Chess as a mind booster.
Touching the 10 million student count, involved creating 23,936 hours of content, setting up 1,07,209 computer based learning nodes, selecting, training, certifying 3,96,449 computer teachers, across Government and Private schools. NIIT has indirectly made a positive contribution to the general development of the villages where children are being taught computers. These villages in remote locations now enjoy power supply, telephone and Internet connectivity.
Says NIIT Chairman Rajendra Pawar, “NIIT is committed to making ICT enabled education more affordable and accessible by devising new ways of learning and technology deployment,”