Common Service Centre (CSC), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has launched information and communication (ICT)-enabled ‘Bal Vidyalayas’ in 10 states – Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu. These pre-schools or ‘Bal Vidyalayas’ have been specifically designed for students of rural India and will help in bridging the digital divide in these areas.

In sum, 21 ‘Bal Vidyalayas’ have been launched by CSCs across these 10 states. The differentiating factor between the CSC ‘Bal Vidyalayas’ and other schools is that the ICT-enabled ‘Bal Vidyalayas’ use technology, enabling children to learn rather than focus on teaching.

In the initial stage, these schools have been launched by those CSCs which are associated with school activities. Going forward, CSC aims to open 700 such ‘Bal Vidyalayas’ in each district across the country by the end of the current fiscal year and then expand it to every block by the end of 2021.