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Scheme of ICT in Schools during the XI Plan revised

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved a Revised Scheme of Information and Communication Technology in Schools during the XI Plan. According to this about 1.08 lakh Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools are envisaged to be covered in the XI Plan.

Imparting of computer literacy and ICT enabled teaching learning, Capacity building of more than 10 lakh teachers in using ICT based tools for teaching, Development and dissemination of appropriate e-content in the regional languages, and A scheme of rewards for teachers and schools for encouraging use of ICT in the teaching learning process are the main component of these schemes. According to the press release by issued by Ministry of Human Resource Development, the schools would be provided the required computer hardware, software and e-content for the purpose. Dependable power supply and internet connectivity, preferably broadband, would be provided to the schools.

It is estimated that an amount of Rs.6926.13 crore would be required during the XI Plan. The actual expenditure by the Central Government would be restricted to the Plan allocation of Rs.6000 crore for the scheme. The funding will be provided on a 75:25 sharing basis between the Centre and the States, except for NE States including Sikkim, where the sharing pattern would be 90:10. Recurring cost will be provided for a period of 5 years from the year of sanction.

The implementation of the two broad objectives of the scheme (a) ICT enabled teaching and (b) computer education and literacy in about 1.08 lakh Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools would help to bridge the digital divide. Priority would be given to educationally backward blocks and areas with special attention on SC, ST, minority and weaker sections and the disabled. Use of ICT in schools is expected to improve quality of teaching learning, school administration and information management system.
All students of Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools (more than 1.5 crore) would be benefitted from the revised scheme.
The existing centrally sponsored scheme Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Schools is being implemented through the State Governments and UTs since 2005-06. Sanction has been given so far to more than 53,000 Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools for establishing and using enabling infrastructure for ICT based teaching learning processes. A need has been felt to expand the outreach of the scheme. The revised scheme focuses on coverage of more schools, development and sharing of appropriate e-content and capacity building of teachers.

It is estimated that an amount of Rs.6926.13 crore would be required during the XI Plan. The actual expenditure by the Central Government would be restricted to the Plan allocation of Rs.6000 crore for the scheme. The funding will be provided on a 75:25 sharing basis between the Centre and the States, except for NE States including Sikkim, where the sharing pattern would be 90:10. Recurring cost will be provided for a period of 5 years from the year of sanction.

The implementation of the two broad objectives of the scheme (a) ICT enabled teaching and (b) computer education and literacy in about 1.08 lakh Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools would help to bridge the digital divide. Priority would be given to educationally backward blocks and areas with special attention on SC, ST, minority and weaker sections and the disabled. Use of ICT in schools is expected to improve quality of teaching learning, school administration and information management system.
All students of Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools (more than 1.5 crore) would be benefitted from the revised scheme.

The existing centrally sponsored scheme Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Schools is being implemented through the State Governments and UTs since 2005-06. Sanction has been given so far to more than 53,000 Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools for establishing and using enabling infrastructure for ICT based teaching learning processes. A need has been felt to expand the outreach of the scheme. The revised scheme focuses on coverage of more schools, development and sharing of appropriate e-content and capacity building of teachers.

Scheme of ICT in Schools during the XI Plan revised

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved a Revised Scheme of Information and Communication Technology in Schools during the XI Plan. According to this about 1.08 lakh Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools are envisaged to be covered in the XI Plan.

Imparting of computer literacy and ICT enabled teaching learning, Capacity building of more than 10 lakh teachers in using ICT based tools for teaching, Development and dissemination of appropriate e-content in the regional languages, and A scheme of rewards for teachers and schools for encouraging use of ICT in the teaching learning process are the main component of these schemes. According to the press release by issued by Ministry of Human Resource Development, the schools would be provided the required computer hardware, software and e-content for the purpose. Dependable power supply and internet connectivity, preferably broadband, would be provided to the schools.

It is estimated that an amount of Rs.6926.13 crore would be required during the XI Plan. The actual expenditure by the Central Government would be restricted to the Plan allocation of Rs.6000 crore for the scheme. The funding will be provided on a 75:25 sharing basis between the Centre and the States, except for NE States including Sikkim, where the sharing pattern would be 90:10. Recurring cost will be provided for a period of 5 years from the year of sanction.

The implementation of the two broad objectives of the scheme (a) ICT enabled teaching and (b) computer education and literacy in about 1.08 lakh Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools would help to bridge the digital divide. Priority would be given to educationally backward blocks and areas with special attention on SC, ST, minority and weaker sections and the disabled. Use of ICT in schools is expected to improve quality of teaching learning, school administration and information management system.
All students of Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools (more than 1.5 crore) would be benefitted from the revised scheme.
The existing centrally sponsored scheme Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Schools is being implemented through the State Governments and UTs since 2005-06. Sanction has been given so far to more than 53,000 Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools for establishing and using enabling infrastructure for ICT based teaching learning processes. A need has been felt to expand the outreach of the scheme. The revised scheme focuses on coverage of more schools, development and sharing of appropriate e-content and capacity building of teachers.

It is estimated that an amount of Rs.6926.13 crore would be required during the XI Plan. The actual expenditure by the Central Government would be restricted to the Plan allocation of Rs.6000 crore for the scheme. The funding will be provided on a 75:25 sharing basis between the Centre and the States, except for NE States including Sikkim, where the sharing pattern would be 90:10. Recurring cost will be provided for a period of 5 years from the year of sanction.

The implementation of the two broad objectives of the scheme (a) ICT enabled teaching and (b) computer education and literacy in about 1.08 lakh Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools would help to bridge the digital divide. Priority would be given to educationally backward blocks and areas with special attention on SC, ST, minority and weaker sections and the disabled. Use of ICT in schools is expected to improve quality of teaching learning, school administration and information management system.
All students of Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools (more than 1.5 crore) would be benefitted from the revised scheme.

The existing centrally sponsored scheme Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Schools is being implemented through the State Governments and UTs since 2005-06. Sanction has been given so far to more than 53,000 Government and Government aided secondary and higher secondary schools for establishing and using enabling infrastructure for ICT based teaching learning processes. A need has been felt to expand the outreach of the scheme. The revised scheme focuses on coverage of more schools, development and sharing of appropriate e-content and capacity building of teachers.

Pune Film Foundation

Pune Film FoundationPune Film Foundation is founded to compliment Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) to run programs every year related to films, film awards and documentaries.
The Trustees of Pune Film Foundation are as follows:
* Mr. Suresh Kalmadi
Chairman
(Member of Parliament )
* Dr. Jabbar Patel
Vice-Chairman
* Mr. Ravi Gupta
Secretary
* Mr. Santosh Unecha
Joint Secretary
* Mr. Vittal Maniyar
Treasure
* Mr. Prakash Jawadekar
* Dr. Mohan Agashe
* Mr. Anil Zankar
* Mr. Samar Nakhate
* Mr. Rajendra Kelshikar
* Ms. Sabina Sanghvi
* Ms. Sangeeta Welinkar

Pune Film Foundation

Pune Film FoundationPune Film Foundation is founded to compliment Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) to run programs every year related to films, film awards and documentaries.
The Trustees of Pune Film Foundation are as follows:
* Mr. Suresh Kalmadi
Chairman
(Member of Parliament )
* Dr. Jabbar Patel
Vice-Chairman
* Mr. Ravi Gupta
Secretary
* Mr. Santosh Unecha
Joint Secretary
* Mr. Vittal Maniyar
Treasure
* Mr. Prakash Jawadekar
* Dr. Mohan Agashe
* Mr. Anil Zankar
* Mr. Samar Nakhate
* Mr. Rajendra Kelshikar
* Ms. Sabina Sanghvi
* Ms. Sangeeta Welinkar

Pune Film Foundation

Pune Film FoundationPune Film Foundation is founded to compliment Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) to run programs every year related to films, film awards and documentaries.
The Trustees of Pune Film Foundation are as follows:
* Mr. Suresh Kalmadi
Chairman
(Member of Parliament )
* Dr. Jabbar Patel
Vice-Chairman
* Mr. Ravi Gupta
Secretary
* Mr. Santosh Unecha
Joint Secretary
* Mr. Vittal Maniyar
Treasure
* Mr. Prakash Jawadekar
* Dr. Mohan Agashe
* Mr. Anil Zankar
* Mr. Samar Nakhate
* Mr. Rajendra Kelshikar
* Ms. Sabina Sanghvi
* Ms. Sangeeta Welinkar

Pune Film Foundation

Pune Film Foundation

Pune Film Foundation

Shreeram Lagoo and Rajesh Khanna got Life Time Achievement Award in PIFF

In the 8th Pune International Film FestivalShreeram Lagoo and Rajesh Khanna got Life Time Achievement Award. Two stalwarts of the film industry felicitated yesterday. Dr. Shreeram Lagoo, is one of the few actors who held parallel control over theatre and cinema in both media. The veteran actor remembered, Today is a very special day. I was told, when I was born I was crying and someone asked me to shut up. I immediately shut up and started smiling. That was the first time I started acting! . With films like Pinjra, Samna, Barood, Chalte Chalte, Gharaunda and Ek Din Achanak to his credit, Lagooji today, is a pioneer in the arena of acting.

The second lifetime achievement award was conferred to the first superstar of the Indian film industry who was catapulted to instant fame with his super hit Aradhana – Rajesh Khanna. He delivered Anand, Amar Prem, Safar, and Khamoshi to his audiences and charmed the screen for several decades. With a brief political stint to his credit, he proved his mettle in careers poles apart. It is my good fortune that Im in the midst of such prominent personalities today said the actor on the occasion. As he addressed the gathering, he recalled some of his famous dialogues from films that have left an indelible mark in the minds of the audience.

Shreeram Lagoo and Rajesh Khanna got Life Time Achievement Award in PIFF

In the 8th Pune International Film FestivalShreeram Lagoo and Rajesh Khanna got Life Time Achievement Award. Two stalwarts of the film industry felicitated yesterday. Dr. Shreeram Lagoo, is one of the few actors who held parallel control over theatre and cinema in both media. The veteran actor remembered, Today is a very special day. I was told, when I was born I was crying and someone asked me to shut up. I immediately shut up and started smiling. That was the first time I started acting! . With films like Pinjra, Samna, Barood, Chalte Chalte, Gharaunda and Ek Din Achanak to his credit, Lagooji today, is a pioneer in the arena of acting.

The second lifetime achievement award was conferred to the first superstar of the Indian film industry who was catapulted to instant fame with his super hit Aradhana – Rajesh Khanna. He delivered Anand, Amar Prem, Safar, and Khamoshi to his audiences and charmed the screen for several decades. With a brief political stint to his credit, he proved his mettle in careers poles apart. It is my good fortune that Im in the midst of such prominent personalities today said the actor on the occasion. As he addressed the gathering, he recalled some of his famous dialogues from films that have left an indelible mark in the minds of the audience.

Shreeram Lagoo and Rajesh Khanna got Life Time Achievement Award in PIFF

In the 8th Pune International Film FestivalShreeram Lagoo and Rajesh Khanna got Life Time Achievement Award. Two stalwarts of the film industry felicitated yesterday. Dr. Shreeram Lagoo, is one of the few actors who held parallel control over theatre and cinema in both media. The veteran actor remembered, Today is a very special day. I was told, when I was born I was crying and someone asked me to shut up. I immediately shut up and started smiling. That was the first time I started acting! . With films like Pinjra, Samna, Barood, Chalte Chalte, Gharaunda and Ek Din Achanak to his credit, Lagooji today, is a pioneer in the arena of acting.

The second lifetime achievement award was conferred to the first superstar of the Indian film industry who was catapulted to instant fame with his super hit Aradhana – Rajesh Khanna. He delivered Anand, Amar Prem, Safar, and Khamoshi to his audiences and charmed the screen for several decades. With a brief political stint to his credit, he proved his mettle in careers poles apart. It is my good fortune that Im in the midst of such prominent personalities today said the actor on the occasion. As he addressed the gathering, he recalled some of his famous dialogues from films that have left an indelible mark in the minds of the audience.

Seven Zonal Cultural Centres to promote traditional folk arts

Ministry of CultureMinistry of Culture has set up seven Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) with the objective of promotion and preservation of traditional folk arts of States within their respective jurisdictions. Although budgetary provisions are not made state-wise, a total budget of Rs. 2159 lakhs has been allocated to ZCCs under Plan during 2009-10 (including Rs. 759 lakhs under NE head) for implementation of their schemes. The details of the ZCCs and the schemes implemented by them are at Annexure. In addition, Sangeet Natak Akademi and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts have provisions for supporting the traditional art forms by way of grants, festivals, collections, documentation, research and publication etc; and the Ministry of textiles operates schemes through the office of Development Commissioners of Handlooms and Handicrafts.

Details of ZCCs and their schemes

Sl.No. Name of the centre Headquarter Member States
1 North Zone Cultural Centre Patiala Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Chandigarh
2. West Zone Cultural Centre Udaipur Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Nagra Haveli
3 South Zone Cultural Centre Thanjavur Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Puducherry.
4 South Central Zone Cultural Centre Nagpur Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra
5 Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre Kolkata Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Orissa, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal and Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
6 North Central Zone Cultural Centre Allahabad Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand and Delhi.
7 North East Zone Cultural Centre Dimapur Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

ZCCs are implementing the following schemes to promote the traditional folk arts of the member-states:-

1) National Cultural Exchange Programme: With a view to present art forms of one region to another and expose the diverse cultural heritage of each region to the rest of the country, the folk/tribal artistes are sent on exchange manner to participate in the programmes organized by the seven Zonal Cultural Centres.

2) Guru Shishya Parampara Scheme: The Scheme was introduced in 2003-04 with a view to promote development of new talents in the field of music and dance, folk and tribal art forms, under the able guidance of Gurus.

3) Young Talented Artistes Scheme: The Scheme was introduced during the year 2004-05 to recognize and encourage young talents in the various folk arts forms of different regions in the country.

4) Documentation of Vanishing Art Forms: Under the Scheme, documentation of various traditional folk art forms is undertaken, especially of those which are seen to be vanishing.

5) Shilpagram Activities: ZCCs have set up Shilpagrams at Chandigarh, Khajuraho, Udaipur, Guwahati, Allahabad and Shantiniketan to encourage various forms of traditional folk/tribal arts from rural India. These Shilpagrams are attracting a large number of domestic as well as foreign visitors. Through these Shilpgrams, a large number of artistes and artisans are benefitted and a large number of people are made aware of our rich cultural heritage.

Loktarang National Folk Dance Festival and OCTAVE – Festival of the North East: All the ZCCs participate in these National level festivals organized every year in New Delhi and/or other places. A large number of folk/tribal artistes from all corners of the country perform during these festivals to showcase the diverse folk/tribal arts of our different regions/states.

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