Govt floats tender for e-learning project


With the aim of promoting e-learning in the State, the education department has floated a tender calling for bids from firms to act as consultants to the project. 
The department is seeking individuals, empanelled consulting firms or software companies to provide consultancy services for formulating the requirements and specifications for e-content project, preparing the required RFPs (request for proposals), managing the bid processes and selecting a service provider for e-content. 
According to the tender available with HERALD, the government has an ambitious plan of implementing the e-content scheme in all government and aided schools in Goa. It plans to now "utilize the infrastructure and the computer laboratories in schools along with the computers/laptops provided to the students (the government has supplied 1,00,200 desktops and laptops to students since 2001-02) and to capitalize on the IT potential in the State to its optimum level" by providing the requisite hardware and the right software. 
The consultant will be expected to monitor or create a dedicated data centre for hosting the course content, monitor connectivity issues to all the schools, to implement, review, procure or monitor the minimum hardware already available in schools.
 or new hardware to be procured for the implementation of the e-content scheme. 
The consultant will also have to shortlist the best service provider in terms of suppliers, vendors, software developers who will install and commission the required software (e-content) on the hardware in the schools and also arrange the training of the teachers. The consultant will also select the best e-content and also submit a detailed project report on the quality of the e-content. 
When contacted the Director of Education, said that the project was still in its early stages and time frame, amount required to be spent on the scheme will all be decided in consultation with the consultant. [H]