Setting up of Computer Centres in slums & Villages

Computer Lab
Computer Lab

Back Ground:

Uttarakannda district is home to many indigenous tribal communities among others, including the Sidhis, Goulis, Kunabis Gondas and Hallakki.
The Halakki people are scattered across several Taluks of Uttara Kannada district namely Karwar, Ankola, Kumta, Gokarna and Honnavar. Their villages are mostly located on either side of the National Highway 17 that cuts through the aforementioned places and also on strips of land adjacent to the waters of the Arabian Sea. 

Earlier the Halakkis resided at the foothills of the Western Ghats and were known to practice a system of agriculture similar to that of the Thodas of the Nilgiris. They also depended on forest produce and were know to hunt.

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No of Computers: 5
No of Students:12
Location: Ratnakara Vanavasi Vidyarthi Nilaya, Kumta
Course Content: Basics of Computers(Windows, MS Office, Internet)
Further Requirements: Internet Connection and Printer and few more work stations

The computer lab in Kumta is set up in Ratnakara Vanavasi Vidyarthi Nilaya, Kumta  to provide basic knowledge of computers to the students staying in the hostel. The students are studying in 7th, 8th and 9th standards. Total of 12 students are availing the computer lab facility.

The courses offered are Basics of Computers, introduction to using Windows operating system, introduction to MS Office tools and use of Internet. There are five computers available at the centre. This is first ever computer lab offering computer education students from tribes.


No of Computer: 5
No of Students: 39
Location: Rukmani Balika Nilaya, Dandeli
Course Content: Basics of Computers(Windows, MS Office, Internet)

The computer lab in Dandeli serves nearly 40 students at Rukmani Balaka Nilaya. The students are studying in Higher primary and High schools. The courses offered are Introduction to Windows OS, introduction to MS Office, and use of internet. 

Lab Infrastructure
Lab Infrastructure
Lab at Dandeli Location
Lab at Dandeli Location
Some pictures students working in Lab
Some pictures students working in Lab
  1. Tharuru computer Lab:

41 children are attending sessions at the computer lab regularly.  Every day 4 batches are held, first batch between 7.30 and 10 m, and second batch between 4.30 and 6.30 pm.

The batches include the children studying in 8th, 9th and 10th grade.

8th Grade : 13 9th Grade :11 10th Grade : 17


Topics Covered

  1. Fundamentals of computers , Introduction to tools, MS word, MS Paint, Note pad,

Parts of computer & its uses, basics of Computer hardware and Baraha.

Courses to begin:

  1. MS Excel, MS Power point, Nudi software, Email, Google apps, and Basics of internet.

 All these 4 batches will be completing their first course in Computer Fundamental by end of October and 22 children from 5th grade to 7th grade have already registered for next batches.

 Upcoming Courses:

Other course that will be offered include Tally 7.2 course by November 2nd week.  Planning is in progress. 

Key Observations:

This computer lab is functioning regularly with good attendance with community involvement. Lot of youngsters & local villagers are gaining knowledge of computers by spending few hours daily. The attendees who are benefitted from this lab are spreading good message about computer lab across the village which has resulted in more and more children enrolling for new batches. Overall, lab seems to be getting popular across the community & training on new course for teacher is needed.

 Kallembella Computer Lab: 

44 Children are regular to this Computer lab. The children from 5th grade to 3rd are regularly attending the sessions in 8 batches every day. Each batch contains 5 children as per the computer availability and the duration of each batch is 1 hour. The batches starts at 8.30 am and runs till 6.30 pm 

5th Grade:4   6th Grade :8    7th Grade:2      8th Grade:4     PUC:14   ITI :2  Bcom :5     OTHERS :3

Topics Covered

  1. Fundamentals of computers , introduction to tools, MS word, MS Paint, Notepad,

parts of computer & its uses, Basics of computer hardware, and Baraha.


Courses to begin:

  1. MS Excel, MS Power point, Nudi software , Email, Google apps, Basics of internet.


Out of 8 batches, students in 4 batches will complete the courses by October and remaining 4 will complete by November 1st week.


Upcoming Courses:

Computer lab teacher are asking us to give training on DTP and Tally. We are planning to organie training to teachers.

Key Observations:

This Computer lab is functioning regularly, however there is an issue with regular power supply. Due to this reason, many times children come to lab and get disappointed. This centre is located very close to NH4 highway and has many Government Colleges and schools. More than 30 children and youths are enrolled into new batches. As our centre offers courses at free of cost, majority of the youngster on daily basis are coming to our centre and many are enrolling for new batches. People working at the Tahashildar’s office next to our computer lab are encouraging the local villagers to make use of the opportunity provided by us at the computer lab. By this word of mouth, Kallembella centre has received good publicity and has resulted in more enrolment for next batches. 


Key Challenges:

  1. Power fluctuations
  2. Internet facility
  3. Reporting 


Shivanna – Computer Lab teacher



Vidyachetana in collaboration with CISCO in Kallambella is like bringing light into darkness.  In the technological world, knowledge of computers is as important as food for people. Because of this lab, children in the rural area who from economically weaker section are benefitted with free computer education which otherwise would be impossible for people from these regions. Thanks to Vidyachetana and CISCO for setting up the lab here. We request for continued service from Vidyachetana and CISCO in brightening the life of these children.


Best regards,

Shivanna G


Priya P - Student



Sponsored by Vidyachetana, students in the rural area we are given an opportunity to learn computers. Students here like me are unable to take up computer courses paying hefty fee. I had no knowledge about computers before joining this course. With the course offered here, I learnt how to use computers. I hope in the future, with this knowledge of computers I will be able to study subjects related to computers better. The teacher, Mr. Shivanna teaches computers very interestingly and makes it easy to understand. 


 Purnima C - Student


I stay in Kallambella. Before joining the computer course offered by CISCO through Vidyachetana, I had no knowledge of computers. I am grateful to the organization for setting up the computer lab here and now I am able to learn how to use computers. By offering free courses, the organization is not only providing education to people like us, it is in turn helping in the overall development of rural areas. We thank the organization for setting up computer lab for us.  I request you to continue providing such opportunities in rural areas. 

Pictures of Computer Centers
Pictures of Computer Centers


VidyaChetana is supporting education for children from underprivileged background from past 5 years and has covered around 2500 children. We also provide learning center facility for Government school children after school hours in different areas in Bangalore and Tumkur. We started Computer Centers in Tharuru and Kallambella at Tumkur District Sira Taluk this academic year, with help of our Partners Swami Vivekananda Youth and Rural Development Society’s. Sira Taluk is recognized for economic backwardness due to Everlasting Famine and is Located 80 KM north of Banagalore, Karnataka .

Location :

Most of the families depended on Agriculture. Due to poor rainfall much of the farm land cannot be cultivated. Many of Youths are uneducated they don’t know any other work. Migrating to big cities like Bangalore. In Bangalore they are getting very low paying jobs due lack of skills.

Economy :

Project Partnership : Cisco Systems 

The Change:

  Vidyachetana decided to support the Youths by training them in computer operations and data processing. Hence Computer centers at their location started with structured syllabus and faculty. We are providing this training free of cost.

Skills training covers:

1. Basic Fundamentals of Computers, Email, and Internet Explore etc.

2. Microsoft office – MS WORD, MS EXCEL, MS POWERPOINT etc.

3. DTP Basics (Photoshop, Corel draw, PageMaker)


  1. Basic Fundamentals of Computers, Email, Internet Explore – 1 Month.
  2. Microsoft office – MS WORD, MS EXCEL, MS POWERPOINT – 1 Month.
  3. DTP Basics (Photoshop, Corel draw, PageMaker) – 2 Months.


  1. Computer Basics
  2. Desktop Publishing

Certificates will be issued to the students once they complete 2 Months course in our center.

 Many of the Youths from Government schools and colleges were already attending the computer classes regularly from Morning 8.30am to 10.30am and also at the evening from 4.30pm to 7pm. With carrying happiness and excitement in heart they are attending the classes...

Group I:

Class : 5th – 10th

Number of Children  : 50

Batches : 4 Batches

Group II :

Class : 8th – PUC

Number of Children  : 30

Batches :3 Batches


Our partner and the founder of S.V.Y.R.D.S  Mr.Tippe Swamy mentioned that the overall senses says that out of 100%... 76% of Youths are there in India. Just 76% of youth will not make India developed nation as majority of Youth are not skilled. With focus on Skill development among youth India can become developed nation.

Mr. Tippe Swamy gave an Ex:

A Single Youth with Skills                                                       A Single Youth without Skills

Earnings/Month                                                                       Earnings/Month

15,000 x 12 Months = 1,80,000/- per annum                    5,000 x 12 Months = 60,000/- per annum

Computer Teacher Says:

I believe computer literacy can bring revolution in impoverished communities. In this age of instant information on everything, anywhere and anytime is biggest game changer and empowering tool. I am glad to assist to bring this change among poorest of poor.

Computer Center Pictures
Computer Center Pictures
Computer Center Pictures
Computer Center Pictures

The following are the Updates on the Project - Setting up of Computer Labs in Slums and Villages

Setting up Lab infrastructure

o   29 old computers (Desktops) were obatined for the centers. They have now been refurbished and are ready to use.

o   The computers have been loaded with an E-learning software which covers school curriculum. The E-learning softwares are from SVYM (SVYM.ORG).

o   The infrastructural work such as carpentry and electrical work has started. Lack of funds has caused some delay in these works, but we are trying for funds from variuos sources and are hopeful of completing the infrastructural work by the end of March

Identification of faculty and syllabus

o  We have been interviewing many passionate young computer graduates for the roles of faculty in these centres. Few have been shortlisted and we have also finalsed the agreement on the working Terms and Conditions.

o   The Syllabus for the school and vocational training center has also been finalized.


o    We are planning to Inaugurate a couple of centers during first week of April-2014.

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Project Leader

Venkatesha Murthy

Bangalore, Karnataka India

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