“Technology gives us the opportunity to develop and we have to use it to the optimum” expressed Vidyashankar, Secretary -IT Department, Government of Karnataka. He was delighted at the number of awards bagged by the schools, teachers and students of rural areas of the state, for exhibiting commendable work in innovative use of technology in their respective fields. NGOs and Universities were also felicitated at the event “Empowering Lives” held in Bangalore on December 10,2007.
As a global technology leader, Intel is committed not only to creating innovative technology, but also to helping people around the world effectively use it to better their lives. Hence, through sustained public-private partnerships with educators and governments, Intel is delivering programs that improve the effective use of technology to enhance 21st century skills, and encourage excellence in mathematics, science, and engineering. Intel Teach Programs are adapted to address the needs of each country and focus on building a local competency for professional development and technology innovation.
The partnership between Intel Teach Program and Department of State Education Research and Training (DSERT), Karnataka has been flourishing since 2001. As a result, more than 19000 teachers have been trained to improve teaching and learning through effective integration of computer technology in classroom curricula.
The event commemorated 60 years of India's Independence and Intel's commitment to the cause of education and its various interventions for improving the ICT in education in India. During the event, Intel released a case study on its education interventions in Karnataka: across K -12 segment, Higher Education and Community Programs. In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, Intel announced the collaboration with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Karnataka to launch an open source-based teacher training programme to train 10,000 teachers of primary schools. The Intel South Asia Corporate Social Responsibility Newsletter was also released during the occasion.
M N Baig, Director DSERT briefed the gathering about launching ICT in higher secondary schools. He congratulated Intel for its efforts and hoped that Intel grows with these schools.
During this event, 7 schools, 14 teachers and 14 students who had excelled in use of technology in regular classroom learning practices were honored at the state 'Technology in Education' contest, jointly conducted by DSERT and Intel. Others who were felicitated during this event included National Association for Blind for successfully providing computer training to 180 visually impaired individuals, whereby 70% of these visually impaired students secured jobs in BPO/ ITES industry.
From the University segment, Nandini Sindal (Visvesvaraya Technology University), Prof. S. Bhaskar (Principal, Institute for Advanced Studies in Education), Dr. K. Yashodara (University of Mysore) were felicitated for successfully integrating Intel's industry-relevant curriculum in their institutions.
Under Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS), two young budding scientists were felicitated for their exemplary projects on 'Blind Mind Busters' and 'Natural color for food and fabrics from Ixora flowers '.
Lalitha Bilgi, a teacher from Swayam, a progressive NGO (parent support group), was felicitated for effectively integrating Project Based Learning for teaching children with special needs.
Center for the Economic Empowerment of the Intellectually Challenged (CEEICs) was also felicitated for their community development program by using computers to train and educate intellectually challenged individuals.
Prof Sadagopan (Director, IIIT, Bangalore) said, “IT today is India's tomorrow. Children are the future of the nation and it is in the hands of the teacher to mould students and contribute to the development of the nation.”
Intel 's Education Programs envision to enable each student in the country to emerge a technological innovator.