In a major move to go digital and smart, the Karnataka Government has decided to increase the number of smart classrooms to 8,500 this year. Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan on Saturday said, “The government is giving importance to digital education to ensure students are not affected in times of the Covid-19 crisis,” Mr Narayan said.
Presently, 2,500 smart classrooms have been launched, he said. As part of digital learning, 1.10 lakh laptops were given to degree students last year at a cost of Rs 330 crore. This year, about 1.6 lakh Tablet PCs were being distributed to students of first grade degree, polytechnic and engineering colleges, Mr Narayan said.
Apart from upgrading the classroom infrastructure, the emphasis is on better content delivery and towards this end, 3.5 lakh classes developed by the faculty of the college education department have been uploaded, Mr Ashwath Narayan said, adding that this involved an expenditure of Rs 4 crore.