In order to increase computer literacy among school students in the state, the Kerala Government will distribute 10,000 Raspberry Pi computers to government and aided school students from eighth standard to eleventh standard in May this year.
A pilot project, Raspberry Pi Programme, will be launched in Thiruvananthapuram next week. The device will be given to 25 students in the state capital. The state government had allocated `5 crore for the project recently.
The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting teaching of basic computer science in schools. Power is provided to the device through a micro USB. It has also got USB ports to connect mouse and keyboard. The main aim of the device is to make the students aware of software as well as hardware.
“The pilot Raspberry Pi Programme will start at Thiruvananthapuram district resource centre of IT @ School next week, under which a two-day training programme will be imparted to 25 students. The official launch of the project would take place in May this year. We have already selected students for the programme from the state IT fest.
The programme is aimed at enhancing computer awareness among Class 8, 9, 10 and 11 students. We hope to generate at least 100 outstanding students who would excel through this programme. A resource group has been formed in order to train the students to use Raspberry Pi,” said Babu Sebastian, Executive Director (In charge), IT @ School. He added that Raspberry Pi devices would reach the state shortly. When the project is officially launched, a 12-day training programme would be given to 10,000 students at 200 selected training centres across the state.
Out of the total amount sanctioned for the project, `2.5 crore would be utilised to buy the device (which costs around `2,700) and the rest for the training programme. It is learnt that selected five students from around 2000 schools would be benefited from this programme.
An official body under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary of the state has been formed to implement the Raspberry Pi Programme in Kerala.