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The ICT Laboratory: An Analysis of Computers in Government Schools in Rural India

, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States

AACE Journal Volume 15, Number 1, ISSN 1065-6901 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


There has been a strong push towards eliteracy in India, particularly in the distribution and usage of information and communication technologies (ICT) in schools for economic and social growth. As a result, the Vidhya Vahini scheme was launched in Kuppam, a marginalized village constituency in Andhra Pradesh. This scheme strives to disseminate computers to all high schools by 2005 with the intention of scaling this pilot initiative nationwide. In this paper, I argue that in spite of strong governmental initiative and multifarious private-public partnerships, there are considerable barriers in the implementation of computers in public high schools. To optimize these cost intensive resources, we need to address some of the chronic educational challenges prevalent in the school system. With the constant flux in participation by public and private actors in this process, the question of sustainability is critical in the transformation of schools as e-learning communities.


Arora, P. (2007). The ICT Laboratory: An Analysis of Computers in Government Schools in Rural India. AACE Journal, 15(1), 57-72. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 22, 2019 from .


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