| Intel India president Kumud Srinivasan in Guwahati on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, March 19: Computing innovation leader Intel India is scaling up its digital education programme in Assam by facilitating the state’s education department with computer literacy modules to train teachers.
“The Intel Teach Program is part of our corporate social responsibility and we have been implementing it in Assam since 2007. We look to scale up the digital literacy mission here by facilitating the education department with modules to train teachers for a long-term goal of transforming education and empowering citizens with digital literacy skills,” Kumud Srinivasan, president of Intel India, told The Telegraph here today.
The modules would, for example, comprise integration of ICT (information communication and technology) in day-to-day learning, cross-curricular teaching and newer approaches to subject teaching among others.
“Intel believes technology has the ability to drive inclusive growth by enabling access to education, healthcare and government services. Digital literacy is the first step in empowering citizens to take advantage of these services,” Srinivasan said.
Over 13,000 teachers from across 27 districts of Assam have been trained under the programme till date.
“We met officials from the state education department and representatives from teacher education colleges and discussed how the programme can be taken forward in Assam. During the course of our meeting, we felt that it was pertinent to impart such training to the teachers, particularly the newly recruited teachers. From our part, we assured the policy makers of continual support to the programme,” Srinivasan said.
As part of its initiatives in the region, the Intel Higher Education Program has been strategically collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati since 2009 on curriculum development and research in the areas of computer architecture, embedded systems and high performance computing.
“Intel is facilitating IIT Guwahati with Intel Galileo Development Boards to be used in the student activity centre for promotion of innovation among students at the institute. We will visit the institute tomorrow to take stock of our initiative there,” she said. Intel India has a headcount of 6,000, of which 70 per cent are engaged in research and development activities.
On its growth strategy, the Intel India president said the technology major intends to shift resources within the organisation to the areas of growth as opposed to increasing the overall headcount.
“Last year, the tablet market did well and this year we would look to achieve scale in the market segment. Then there are newer areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and variables where we intend to shift and invest resources as well. As a matter of fact, India as an emerging market can leapfrog in the IoT segment in the days to come much like the cell phone market,” Srinivasan said.