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Digital learning for rural cradles

Students in East Singhbhum’s villages can now look beyond textbooks and compete with their elite friends.

Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar on Thursday donated computers to 50 high schools to promote digital learning and bring rural children on an academic parallel with their urban counterparts.

He handed over the “minimally used” computers from ITC, Infosys, TCS and Manipal University to district education officer Ashok Sharma in the presence of school principals at his Circuit House Area residence.

Although computers have been donated to various cradles in the past, this is arguably the first organised effort to help schoolchildren in the rural hinterland.

“It is surprising that academic development takes a back seat in many high schools. If principals want, we can introduce regular digital learning. There are companies that take up such social responsibility programmes. We must give students in villages the same opportunity that urban students get,” the MP said.

East Singhbhum has 112 high schools. The DEO has drawn up a list of preferred cradles. First, those with power connection are being given computers.

“We will give priority to high schools having till Class XII. Girls’ schools will follow them and then the rest will get computers. We will introduce academic CDs to let students understand science and mathematics better. We are thankful to the MP and his team,” Sharma said.