Kerala's 'IT@School' project has now been promoted from just a school project to the government company named 'KITE' (Kerala Infrastructure and Technology Company).
On Sunday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan launched the logo for the company at a function.
Under the transformation of the project to a 'Special Purpose Vehicle' (SPV) the company will have more authority and freedom to operate and will be able to grow quickly and this will also avail the funding for the Kerala Infrastructure and Investment Fund Board (KIIFB).
KITE is the first SPV of the Kerala's government and this will help in broadening the boundaries of the education sector in schools, colleges and universities.
The project 'IT@School' was first formulated by the general education department of the state in order to give boost to the IT centric activities in schools. In fact, in 2005 the subject 'Information Technology' was made compulsory for the students of the class 10.
“The new form of KITE would help in facilitating ICT enhancement in Higher Education sector also, by fully using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) tools.. The activities of VICTERS channel would also be expanded under the new mechanism.. However IT@School would be retained as a brand name under KITE,” said IT@School executive director K Anvar Sadath.
Secretary of the General Education Department, Usha Titus has been appointed as the chairman and managing director of the KITE.