HP govt mulls providing laptops to school children

Last Updated: Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 18:30

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh government is considering a proposal to provide especially designed laptops to children in government schools across the state under a US-sponsored scheme to create an affordable educational device for use in the developing world.
"Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has evinced interest in
our programme "One Laptop per Child" (OLPC) which is already
running successfully in over 35 countries and many states in
India, S N Chaturvedi, Additional Director of OLPC India, told
agency today.



The programme has been launched in Kerala, Madhya
Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Manipur on a pilot basis, he
said.
When contacted Principal Secretary Education Srikant
Baldi said a proposal in this regard is under consideration.



Manufactured by Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese company, the
laptop is rugged and uses lower power use flash memory instead
of a hard drive, Chaturvedi said.



At the 2006 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) had announced
that it would back the OLPC programme, Chaturvedi added.



PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 18:30

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