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Madurai: An initiative to introduce computer-aided learning and interactive curriculam support in 1,000 rural schools in the country was launched by former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the Gandhi Niketan Ashram School, about 50 kms from here.

The e-learning/digital content programme programme launched Wednesday, with the support of Everonn Systems India, an Education and Training company, would help the students clarify their doubts sitting at their class.

Schools would be given infrastructure required for Information Technology based education which would have animation and interactive tools for various projects at the high/higher secondary school level.

Gandhiniketan ashram was started in 1940 and the school in 1946. The school followed Gandhian system of education.

Later speaking at a private school, Kalam said nuclear power was an effective and sustainable alternative to thermal power or engergy produced from gasoline and natural gas. He said personally he would recommend for solar or nuclear power to avoid carbondioxide concentration.

He said the first rocket launch, in which he played a role, was a failure. But his mentor Satish Dhawan took the blame himself. The subsequent launch of rocket was a big success.

The agriculture sector was not showing a growth like that of service sector or industries as farmers were not focussing on value addition to their produce. If farmers used common facilities for processing their produce, they would get about 10 times higher than what they were getting now, he said.

He said inflation could be brought down only by hardwork and augmenting productivity. “We must increase production of food items, textiles, vegetable and edible oil," the former president said.

Kalam said education should make students think creatively, encourage them to do research, focus on innovation and help them use high end technolgoy. Besides, it should encourage entrepreneurial skill among them, he said.

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Updated: 02 Oct 2008, 12:34 PM IST
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