Addressing the function, Ms. Poongothai said the State government had taken several steps to promote IT - based teaching and learning activity in educational institutions. "We were the first State to introduce computer science as a subject in schools about 20 years ago. Also, our State has drafted an IT policy and, above all, nearly one lakh computers have been given to schools."
Stating that IT connectivity had united people, Ms. Poongothai said it was for the elders / parents to see that children used IT in a productive way. She also called for developing communication skills among students, particularly in rural areas.
The Minister pointed out that it was the rapid strides made in ICT that put India in a separate league and showed the world how the country could progress as a knowledge - based economy.
In his presidential address, Dr. Rajasekharan Pillai stressed that technology integration in teaching - learning activities was essential. "Teachers should understand ICT tools and quality of education can be enhanced only if they know how to implement them."
Describing the ICT initiative as a flagship program of IGNOU, he said training programs would be conducted in various places with a time - bound action plan and definitive targets. "IGNOU has a huge repository of materials and the university's Madurai regional centre will start the activities under this collaboration by first week of August."
The IGNOU - ICTACT collaboration will come out with training modules for in - service teachers to provide them with IT - enabled skills in handling classes at the university's learner support centres.
M. Sivakumar, Chief Executive Officer, ICTACT, said the ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu is a consortium of Government of India, Government of Tamil Nadu and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). It already had a tie - up with universities in the State to train faculty members of conventional colleges.
M. Shanmugham, IGNOU Regional Director, said that the collaboration was part of the capacity building initiatives taken by the university and training programs, "to use communication technology in classrooms," would be conducted in 17 districts under the Madurai region.
Training for Teachers in ICT application