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Manipur in global map of OLPC
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 6:
Published on 6 Jul. 2010 11:49 PM IST
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One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), scheme a global project aimed at children education with latest scientific method of teaching added Manipur on its map as Manipur education department started distribution of laptops to the four selected schools in Imphal on Tuesday.
Laptops were distributed to the students of four schools, two each from Imphal east and west districts by the state education minister, L Jayentakumar in a simple function held at the office of the Directorate of School Education, Lamphelpat.
Speaking on the occasion, education minister said that this was the first phase and schools selected from other districts will be followed in the near future. The state government earmarked Rs 155 lakh set to get these laptops designed for learning and teaching students in state, he added.
The scheme was implemented by OLPC Inc, a non-profit organisation funded by multinational companies and Manipur government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the implementing agency in the first week of April this year, Jayentakumar said.
The OLPC project was introduced in India in 2007, when students of Khairat village near Karjat received OLPC-designed XO laptops. Along with the hardware, the laptops have its own operating system Sugar developed on Python language
These laptops draw just one watt of power, have screens that are fully visible in direct sunlight, are deemed virtually ‘unbreakable’ and are waterproof to ensure longevity.

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