3 . Implementation of CAL in Odisha:
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the national programme for Universalisation of elementary education has correctly incorporated “EDUCATION FOR LIFE” as one of the major objectives. Under SSA, a component called Innovative Scheme of Education has been introduced. Under this scheme Computer Aided Learning is one of the major activity which allows spending @Rs.50 Lakhs per district per annum.
4 . Biju Pattanaik Computer-aided Education Programme (BiCEP) (during the period of 2004-2009):
The Biju Pattanaik Computer Aided Education Programme (BiCEP) was initiated on 5th Sep. 2004 in 600 schools at elementary level of 24 districts of Odisha. The programme was implemented in a BOOT (Build Own Operate & Transfer) basis. The BOOT agency has to purchase & supply Computer Hardware, Software and connected accessories, maintain the hardware & software and provide education services (teachers’ training, refresher training to teachers) in the schools for a contract period of 5 year.
4.1 Procedure adopted
The 13th Executive Committee has resolved to form a Sub-Committee to look into the aspect of purchase of computers and its accessories and suggest modalities for comprehensive education policy in Upper Primary School. The State Level Procurement Committee (SLPC), logistic Committee and Curriculum Committee were constituted to formulate the guidelines for Computer Aided Learning at elementary stage by MHRD, Govt. of India. The Committee decided to go for a BOOT model with a five year contract period. Tenders were invited from reputed firms dealing with Computer Education for implementation of Computer Aided Learning Programme in 900 schools of 30 districts of Odisha. The technical bids were evaluated and M/s Educomp Solution Ltd was the lowest bidder. But as the cost exceeds to Rs.50,00,000/-, SLPC decided to involve two firms to implement this programme. Hence, M/s Educomp Solution Ltd. & M/s Aptech Ltd. the 2nd lowest bidder were awarded the work in 50:50 ratio. In addition to this SLPC recommended to introduce the above programme in lesser number of schools instead of 900 schools as it is introduced for the first time in Odisha & OPEPA took a decision to operate the programme in 600 schools in 24 districts. Besides, the entire content development work was awarded to M/s Educomp Solution, Ltd.
4.1.1 Site Preparation
The District Project Offices were instructed to select Upper Primary Schools situated in semi urban / urban areas having electricity facility & at least one room with RCC slab and doors & windows for computer lab set up. After the selection of schools, the District Project Offices were equipped the computer labs with earthing, necessary electrical wiring, supply of tables & chairs.
4.1.2 Method of Implementation
The Biju Pattanaik Commuter Aided Education Programme is implemented in Build Own Operate & Transfer (BOOT) model basis. The BOOT Agency has provided the computer hardware & software & connected accessories in lease rental basis, installed the equipments at the school point and will maintain the equipments for 5 years & hand over the equipments to the school after completion of the project. The agency has also imparted teachers’ training on CAL.
4.1.3 Specifications of equipments
Each school is provided with:-
- Three Celeron Computers
- One Dot Matrix Printer
- Three 750VA Line interactive UPS with 60 min. backup
- One Anti Virus software per computer
- Open Office software
- Linux OS (in one computer dual booting with Ms XP)
- AMC for 5 years
- Insurance for all the equipment for 5 years