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Now, computer classes on wheels
- Van with solar power to tour fringe areas

A Jamshedpur-based training institute has come up with a unique way to take computer education to the doorsteps of children from the outskirts of the city.

Jet Computer Education, Sonari, has launched a specialised van with solar power to impart training to students in Potka and Dhalbhumgarh.

Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar flagged off the van near Joggers’ Park in Sonari on Wednesday. Throughout Thursday, the van was stationed at Bistupur to apprise citizens of the unique initiative.

B. Vineeta Sharma, who runs the institute, said the initiative was aimed at reaching out to students who cannot always travel to computer classes.

“We have a small training centre in Sonari, but transport is a major problem for students. So, we thought of making it easier for them. Also, rural students will benefit from the endeavour,” said Sharma, who holds a BCA degree.

The van would travel to any locality in and around the city provided it gets a group of 20 interested students. Students up to Class XII can take up diploma and certificate courses in Java, C+, C++, MS office and other software.

The van will visit the specific neighbourhood once a week and impart four to five hour-long classes. As of now, it plans to visit rural areas on a weekly basis.

While a student from urban pockets will need to shell out Rs 500 a month for the course, children from rural areas will need to pay Rs 350. The fee will be used to meet fuel and the vehicle’s maintenance costs.

The computer centre on wheels is actually a modified mini van with four laptops. There’s solar panel on the roof that supplies power. The van also has a makeshift staircase.

Sharma said they spent Rs 14 lakh on buying and customising the van.

“We aim to launch 500 such vans to reach out to students of urban and rural areas. Students from rural areas often lag behind owing to their inability to use Internet, a major source of information. We are trying to fill the gap,” she added.

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