No more books: Punjab’s first bagless school to start operations from April 1

Patiala: The Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School in Patiala is going to be the first bagless school of Punjab. About 2,000 students will not carry bags from the next academic session starting April 1, 2019. The trial of e-bag project was successful and the school is now planning to implement it.

Students will study all subjects on tablets

The students will study all subjects on tablets. School principal Tota Singh said he first conducted the successful trial on 100 students of Classes 11 and 12.

The school teachers worked for nearly a year to upload all subjects online. Then, they arranged funds and purchased 100 tablets at the cost of Rs 4 lakh. The school campus is Wi-Fi enabled, and the results of the trial run were very encouraging. The district administration has decided to adopt the project so that all the children may benefit from the e-bag project from April 1.

Trial conducted on senior students

Principal Tota Singh said the school has 100 tablets, 15 laptops and six computers. The trial was first conducted on 100 Class 11 and 12 students. The students were allowed to take tablets home. The W-Fi speed was increased in school so that students would not face any problem in downloading the notes. The teachers conducted the test of students from time to time and the results were very encouraging. “So we are planning to apply it on other students,” said the principal.

Digital classroom is ready

The school has readied the first digital classroom of the state. The school did this without any government assistance. School lecturer Balwinder Singh said students will study for six hours in a school but they can study anytime they wish on all seven days of the week. They are given assignments and notes at any time and students can also send a message to digital classroom to get answer to a question or clear any doubt they may be having.

(Story by Sukhjeet Singh)