Intel and the India North East Council (NEC) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to achieve educational excellence in North Eastern Region (NER) through a systematic transformation program that includes multiple elements of Intel’s Education Initiative, including the Intel® Teach Program. The program extends Intel’s more than 10 years working with governments in India on education transformation and will add to the more than 15,000 teachers that have been trained in the region.
The NEC is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region which consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
Under the MOU signed in June of 2010, Intel and the NEC will work together to train teachers and teacher educators in each of the NER States as ‘NEC Lead Master Trainers’. These Master Trainers will be an onsite sustainable resource to help classroom teachers develop course materials that are focused on student centered learning and effective classroom integration of ICT. In addition, Intel and the NEC will launch IRIS – an Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science in the NER and conduct workshops for select science teachers and students in each state in NER to promote and nurture interest in science and a spirit of research and innovation among the students.
The Honorable Shri B.K. Handique, Minister for Mines and Minister for Development of North Eastern Region said, “Intel has come up with various initiatives to drive educational excellence with 21st century skills by integrating ICT in the teaching – learning process, ensuring inclusive growth and development of human resource which is the most promising development asset of the North East... Together with Intel we will ensure that the teachers and students are equipped with the right tools and training to connect to 21st century opportunities through ICT in education much needed in the North East.”
The Intel Teach Program courses will be available online through an open distance learning program to enable a large scale ICT integration professional development effort in the region. As a part of the ongoing engagement between Intel and the NEC, Intel will also conduct digital literacy workshops for selected government employees in each state to help provide the basic ICT literacy skills required for e-governance programs.