ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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THERE is an inevitable temptation to substitute pious hopes for policies and in a fast moving field like electronics there is always something new to hope for. The more recent conceptions of the Department of Electronics are bolder, perhaps, than its earlier projects but neither the Departments spokesmen nor the stock answers provided to parliamentary questions give any indication of why they are any more likely to succeed. Most press-worthy has been the plan to install microcomputers in 250 centrally administered schools to spread 'computer consciousness' among school children. This project, which has claims for parentage also from the Ministry of Education, originated from the offer to gift a few microcomputers by the British government during the last CHOGM. The particular Acorn microcomputers and their software have proved remarkably successful in a BBC-sponsored educational project in the UK and the offer has sparked imaginations reportedly at all levels of government. A little extrapolation, and some uncertain arithmetic, has led to claims that by 1990 the scheme would be extended to 250,000 schools at a cost of Rs 300 crore. There are conflicting reports of whether or not the computers will be locally produced by then.

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