Monday, February 20, 2006

The Chandigarh Administration trying to narrow the digital divide

Chandigarh February 20:- The Chandigarh I.T. Reach Out Programme is being launched by the Department of Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration in collaboration with the Department of Education. Under this programme Chandigarh Administration shall provide a unified thrust to reach out to the under-privileged section of the digital divide. Various programmes launched in collaboration with Intel, Infosys, Wipro, DELL and other companies will be part of the Chandigarh Information Technology –Reach Out Programme (CITROP). General S.F. Rodrigues (Retd.) Governor of Punjab and Administrator Union Territory Chandigarh has approved the programme.In order to consolidate the efforts towards upgradation of Human Resources at the school level, Chandigarh Administration has decided to start CITROP. Chandigarh Administration has already tied up with Intel Corporation for starting the Intel Learn Programme in schools which are located in rural areas and slum areas of Chandigarh. Separately, the Premji Foundation has provided assistance to the Education Departmentfor Multi Media Education in primary and secondary schools. Infosys has also indicated strong interest in participating in programmes for training young students at the school level. They have also shown interest in setting up a computer laboratory in which they would donate the entire set of machines for this purpose.The CITROP programme would be aimed at further strengthening the efforts of the Administration towards reducing the digital divide and enabling the weaker sections of society to benefit from the Technology Revolution and the progress which Chandigarh has made in this field in the recent past.


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