HP to enable 2000 digital classrooms in government schools

Accessible Learning for All initiative to partner with corporates, NGOs

HP to introduce digital classrooms in government schools in 17 states for students of classes 9 to 12.
HP to introduce digital classrooms in government schools in 17 states for students of classes 9 to 12.

HP India has announced it would enable up to 2,000 digital classrooms under the HP ALFA (accessible learning for all) initiative that aligns with the government of India’s New Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The classrooms will be set up in government or government-aided schools in 17 states for students of classes 9 to 12.

HP is inviting corporate foundations and NGOs to participate in the initiative. The last date to submit requests is 7 October 2022. HP will fund the capital expenditure required to equip each classroom with technology, including multi-function printers, webcams, laptops for teachers, smart TVs, android boxes, and an internet dongle for connectivity.

The implementation will be managed by HP’s NGO partner NIIT Foundation with active support from other corporations, corporate foundations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as part of their CSR initiatives. HP, through NIIT Foundation as an implementing agency, will deploy cluster coordinators to monitor project implementation and progress across different clusters.

Ketan Patel, managing director, HP India, said, “We are elated to introduce the HP ALFA program and are confident it will pave the way toward digital equity for underserved communities. This initiative is a true reflection of HP’s global vision to contribute to becoming the world’s most sustainable and just technology company. Through this project, we aim to accelerate quality education for young students and inclusive access to skills, knowledge, and technological expertise”.

The National Council for Educational Research & Training (NCERT)’s Diksha course content and syllabus will be used for the classroom learning program. The project will ensure these students utilize the digital content and e-learning tools to the maximum and add further value to their learning journey.

The project will offer teacher training sessions in all schools, empowering them to use technology-led teaching to further integrate it into the classroom and engage students learning. The project will look at partnering with individual state boards and private content providers to use their specified course materials content in vernacular languages across select locations.

Besides academics, the additional government of India-approved programs and courses on EDP (entrepreneurship development program) would be offered in the project and be made available for students to aid their learning based on the requirement.


The project is divided into phases. The first phase includes corporates, and corporate foundations, working with government and government-aided schools that have senior classes (Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12) in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Daman & Diu, Delhi/NCR, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand that can apply to participate in the project.

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