The Centrally Sponsored Scheme “Information and Communication Technology [ICT] in School” was launched in December 2004, to provide opportunities to secondary stage students to develop ICT skills and also for ICT aided learning process. The Scheme is a major catalyst to bridge the digital divide amongst students of various socio economic and other geographical barriers. The Scheme provides support to States/UTs to establish computer labs on a sustainable basis. It also aims to set up SMART schools in Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas to act as “Technology Demonstrators” and to lead in propagating ICT skills among students of neighborhood schools.
The Scheme currently is being implemented in both Government and Government aided secondary and higher Schools. Support is provided for procurement of computers and peripherals, educational software, training of teachers and internet connectivity etc.
The financial assistance is given to States and other institutions on the basis of the approvals accorded by Project Monitoring and Evaluation Group (PM&EG) headed by Secretary of the Department of School Education and Literacy.