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PCs for rural students

Jamshedpur, Dec. 29: Girls in rebel hit pockets of East Singhbhum can now look forward to being tech-savvy thanks to some second-hand computers that were donated to them by Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar today.

Kumar, who donated the machines at a function in Circuit House to students of nine Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas, called the effort a ďsmall stepĒ towards making students computer literate.

Sources said each Kasturba Gandhi school was given two computers, which would benefit around 3,000 girls.

The schools are located in Baharagora, Galudih (Ghatshila), Chakulia, Dalbhumgarh, Potka, Patamda, Mosaboni, Dumaria and Jadugora.

Speaking to The Telegraph later, Indu Bhushan, the East Singhbhum district superintendent of education, said the computers donated by the MP will be in addition to the five machines that all the nine cradles already had.

ďEach school has a strength of more than 250 students. Due to a funds crunch, we could provide only five computers in each cradle. So, obviously the students could not spend enough time on the computers. It was then that we decided to approach the Jamshedpur MP,Ē Bhushan explained.

According to the state human resources department syllabi, computer science as a subject has to be compulsorily taught in Classes VI to VIII.

The duration of such classes varied from 45 minutes to an hour, with one teacher handling around 40-45 students at one go.

The syllabus comprised basics including MS-Office, disc operating systems and how to use the Internet.

MP Kumar on his part told The Telegraph that he was happy to have been part of a greater cause.

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