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There will be two types of Infrastructure:

  • Core ICT Infrastructure
  • Enabling Infrastructure

HARDWARE

  • The States will establish state of the art, appropriate, cost effective and adequate ICT and other enabling infrastructure in all secondary schools.
  • Based on the size of the school, needs of the ICT programme and time sharing possibilities, States will define an optimum ICT infrastructure in each school. Not more than two students will work at a computer access point at a given time. At least one printer, scanner, projector, digital camera, audio recorders and such other devices will be part of the infrastructure.
  • Each school will be equipped with at least one computer laboratory with at least 10 networked computer access points to begin with. Each laboratory will have a maximum of 20 access points, accommodating 40 students at a time. The ratio of total number of access points to the population of the school will be regulated to ensure optimal access to all students and teachers.
  • In composite schools, exclusive laboratories with appropriate hardware and software will be provided for the secondary as well as higher secondary classes.
  • In addition, at least one classroom will be equipped with appropriate audio-visual facilities to support an ICT enabled teaching-learning.
  • Appropriate hardware for Satellite terminals will be provided to selected schools in a progressive manner.
  • Computer access points with internet connectivity will be provided at the library, teachers’ common room and the school head’s office to realise the proposed objectives of automated school management and professional development activities.
  • ICT enabled education can be significantly enhanced and the range of classroom practices expanded with the introduction of digital devices like still and video cameras, music and audio devices, digital microscopes and telescopes, digital probes for investigation of various physical parameters. These will also form a part of the infrastructure. States will make appropriate choices and promote the use of such devices in classrooms.

NETWORK AND CONNECTIVITY

  •  All computers in the school will be part of a single local area network to enable optimum sharing of resources. In addition to the laboratory, internet connections will also be provided at the library, teachers’ common room and the school head’s office.
  •  Each school will be serviced with broadband connectivity capable of receiving streaming audio and video, a range of digital learning resources and interactive programmes. The number of computers given internet connectivity will be governed by the available bandwidth, in order to ensure adequate speeds. A mechanism to have offline access to internet content will be set.
  • Teachers and students will be educated on issues related to the safe use of internet Firewalls and other security measures will be implemented to guard the school network against cyber attacks and misuse of the ICT facilities. Appropriate guidelines for network security will be developed.
  • An EDUSAT network will be planned at each state with interactive terminals (SIT) and recieve only terminals (ROT)