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Bengaluru, NFAPost: The Karnataka government’s first-grade colleges will be armed with 12,500 De-Bonded desktop computers as part of the ‘Help Educate’ initiative undertaken by the department of collegiate and technical education.
Consequently, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Friday between the Department of Collegiate Education and Technical Education (DCTE), Cognizant Technology Solutions India Pvt Ltd, and the Rotary Club Whitefield Central, District 1390, Bengaluru.

Key Objectives of Help Educate Initiative

The initiative primarily aims at facilitating the learning of Government First Grade College students and make a difference for a majority of those who hail from a socio-economically marginalized background.
Dr. C. N. Ashwath Narayan, Deputy Chief Minister who also holds Higher Education portfolio said, “Under ‘Help Educate’ initiative the Department of Collegiate and Technical Education has been partnering with MNCs and Philanthropists to educate and train students for employment, train professors in Modern Methodology through Faculty Development programs and Digital Teaching and also equip Government Colleges with Digital assets to adopt digital learning which is both a recent trend and also an inviolable necessity of times”.
“The government colleges need around 30,000 computers and now 12,500 computers have been provided. This contribution worth about Rs. 50 crores would help to fill the digital divide of the students.”  He also expressed hope that many more MNCs would toe the lines traced by the above-mentioned two exemplary organizations,” he added.

New Provision for Digital Learning in Govt. First Grade Colleges

As part of the initiative, Cognizant India Pvt. Ltd has volunteered to provide 12,500 de-bonded Desktop Computers to the Department, which in turn will be distributed among all the Government First Grade Colleges to establish computer Labs for the use of students. Rotary Club, Bangalore has offered to install Windows OS & Office 365, besides transporting and installing these Desktops at the respective destinations.
Mr Naveen Rao, Cognizant Bangalore center head said, that the company feels honored to be a part of this crucial initiative led by the Department of Collegiate Education. He further informed Under the “Digital Inclusion” initiative of Cognizant Outreach, an employee-led volunteering program, the company has been supporting schools, educational institutions, community libraries, and other institutions across India with computer infrastructure to help them tide over the disruption by adopting digital learning.
Rtn. Nagendra Prasad, Governor, District 1390 expressed confidence, that the initiative would lend steadfast support to students of Government First Grade Colleges to benefit adequately from the Karnataka LMS-based Digital Learning.
P.Pradeep, Commissioner, Department of Collegiate and Technical Education, Deepak Prabhu matti, director CSR‌, Cognizant, Hari Singh, asst vice Presiden, global procurement, cognizant and others were also present on the occasion.
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