1000 free computers to rural community schools

Rotary Club of Coimbatore Saicity and Cognizant jointly donated 1000 computers free of cost to rural community schools.

An event was organised on Monday at Cheshire Home, Peelamedu, Coimbatore, where 600 computers were distributed. Education is the beginning of gaining knowledge, development and skills needed to transform this world into a better world to live in. The need for computers has been gaining importance not only for the last 20 years but also in the current era of the pandemic crisis.

Online classes for students will be mandatory in the future as well. In this regard, the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Saicity, in association with IT pioneer Cognizant, provided computers free of cost to 1000 children studying in 152 rural schools in districts including Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Nilgiris, Tiruvannamalai and Kanchipuram.

Maya Sreekumar, Vice President, Cognizant Coimbatore Center, said, “Due to the Covid 19 epidemic, everyone is not fortunate enough to avail the online classes regularly. Many rural schools do not have the facilities to conduct online classes, owing to the long curfew and the need to follow social distance. The current computer donation will help educate many schools. We believe that education is essential for the betterment and transformation of society, and therefore we have initiated this project.

We also believe that this would be a new beginning for many to pursue their education digitally, including this in mainstream education and sharing new technology. We would like to thank the state, district and local administration and Coimbatore City City Rotary Club for their cooperation in implementing this project”.

“E-books have been set up to explore Tamil Nadu textbooks for all classes and provide the necessary material. Necessary schemes have also been introduced for these. All these computers have been distributed to the required schools. By providing 1000 computers to 152 schools, 82000 students will benefit”, she said.

She also added that Cognizant will select 25 of these schools to work together to promote learning methods, interest and discipline among students, and to encourage extra-curricular activities. Basic infrastructure facilities in these schools will also be upgraded. Government and government-aided schools from primary to higher secondary education are invited to participate in the event.

The scheme will benefit people from Tirupur, Erode, Nilgiris, Thiruvannamalai, Kanchipuram and Coimbatore districts.

Gopinath Arunachalam, Project President, Rotary Club of Coimbatore Saicity added, “We delivered computers to 200 people last year; We are serving 1000 people this year. Just like working with Cognizant, other companies should come forward to help with similar projects. This is a great way to reach users directly and correctly.

The world is moving towards the digital age and all of us should work together with unity”. The project is being implemented in 152 schools under the supervision of Gopinath Arunachalam, along with the President of Rotary Club of Coimbatore Saicity S P Shanmugasundaram and Secretary K Devaraj. Rotary Governor 3201M. Jose Sacco, Cheshire Homes President G R Govindarajan, Cognizant Coimbatore Center President and Vice President Maya Sreekumar were present at the event on Monday at Cheshire Home, Peelamedu, Coimbatore, where 600 computers were distributed.

This was followed by the handing over of the remaining 400 computers at 11.00 am at an event held at Jai Shree Ram Engineering College, Avinashipalayam, Tirupur. Along with Jose Sacco, and Maya Sree

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