for Computer Literacy and Awareness in Secondary Schools
(CLASS), Odisha is committed to the cause of computer
literacy, education, IT awareness of students, educated youth
and the mass at large belonging to rural Odisha.
Started in 1998, CLASS is recognized as a registered non-profit
organization under the Indian Societies Registration Act 1860,
CLASS in the only accredited Institute of the Government
of Odisha, Department of School and Mass Education to impart
free computer education to the needy but meritorious students of
the State high schools.
DOEACC 'O' level qualifiers of the state with CLASS-Odisha
(e-Library project) experience is required by Board of Secondary
Education, Odisha for the post of Computer Teacher in Odisha
The Legal Status :
CLASS is registered as a Non-profit and
the Indian Societies Registration Act 1860, in 1999.
The Recognitions :
CLASS is recognized by the Dept. of Schools &
Mass Education, GOO, as the accredited organization to impart Free Computer Education to
the Needy but Meritorious Students of the Rural High Schools.
The Vision :
We vision a Society where, access to information,
freedom of expression, use of technology and collaborative action make its members
progress towards peace and prosperity.
The Goal :
To make the Rural Orissa a prime zone of Global
Technology (especially, IT) Village, where every member of the society makes a living,
with an easy access to global information through the adequate & effective use of
The Mission :
The mission of CLASS is to foster lasting
improvement in the human condition. The organization seeks the development of healthy
& progressive individuals and effective communities, peace within and among
communities, responsible choices about socio-economic, health, educational, cultural and
technological development, and a common ecosystem capable of supporting healthy &
progressive human societies. The organization pursues this mission by supporting research,
policy development, dissemination, education, training and practice.
The Approaches :
Spread Computer Literacy among rural population.
Make the rural people, adequately and effectively
access to IT.
Transfer appropriate technologies to rural user
population in all the possible sectors.
Reduce drudgery in the rural activities.
Abridge S&T gaps in rural development programmes.
THE OBJECTIVES :
Objectives : Human & Community Development :
Fostering to improve
access to economic opportunities, including, research work
to understand the roots and nature of economic inequality,
to analyze the public policies and other efforts to help
insure that policy favors economic security and opportunity,
also undertaking direct work to enhance economic
opportunities in rural & tribal areas.
capacity of communities to advance human and community
development, with a special emphasis on low-income
communities, including, local area planning, organizing and
mobilizing of community resources, policy analysis and
research and policy development and local direct action
regarding women, children, youth and other sections of the
society for their development, with a focus on improving
public education, community based support for development,
understanding of the factors that lead to successful
development of these sections.
Objectives : Technologies Integration for Development :
Popularizing Science and application of Technology,
for socio-economic development of the Society, with particular focus on rural poverty.
Exposing the rural people to wide range of
appropriate technologies including transfer of scientific knowledge .
Involving the participation of user population in
selecting the technologies, designing and implementing technology transfer programmes.
Equipping people's institutions like SHGs and PRIs
at the grassroots level to access technologies and promote their use among rural poor,
channel the feedback on technologies to R&D institutions and technology transfer
The Governance :
As far as the Administration is
concerned, CLASS has a General Body and an Executive Body to take decisions on day-to-day
matters of importance. Currently it has fifteen full time staff strength and additional
more than four hundred part-time and
spare-time/ self-employed volunteers.
The entire operation is being planned and executed by the Chief Executive, who reports to
the Executive Body, which takes stock of the progress of the organization.
The Associates :
Each succeeding year since conception has been one
of new discoveries, greater observations, deeper understanding, better performance and
sensitized professionalism. Each applied researcher and social worker engaged here has
gone through his or her own unique experience, both in the field and at the desk. The
ideas that flowed into the organization were rich and varied.
These were also brought in by new associations with members of the
academic community, experienced administrators and eminent volunteers who came to see us
at the organization. We had a galaxy of visitors and guest faculties, who have contributed
to the enrichment of our experience.
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