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Thursday, July 27, 2006 / Ishan

Some Common Sense in Indian Govt

The Indian Govt. has rightly rejected Negroponte’s One Laptop per Child program Among the objections are concerns about the effect of extensive laptop use on children’s health. Better uses for the monies, which would be required to roll out the OLPC project, are also named. Most insightful however is the observation that not one industrial country has so far implemented a similar program for its children, which casts doubt as to what the pedagogical use for notebooks in class really is.

Needless to mention this would leave no room for cuts in the deal. India is still struggling to make up for the Mid Day Meal scheme launched in the mid 90’s. It’s very pleasing to see people in Govt focusses in bettering of infrastructure first than going for fancy tools which would have helped noone. What would a child do with a Laptop without being able to use it in context of the course/ curriculum.

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