Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will visit Gwalior on Saturday, 29 September, to launch 100 digital classrooms in 75 rural government schools in the district.

On the initiative of MP from Gwalior and Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mining, Narendra Singh Tomar, who will preside over the function, the 100 classrooms in rural areas of Gwalior district are being transformed digitally with the help of an NGO Muskan Dreams Foundation (MDF) and Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL).

Naidu will land at Maharajpura Air Force Station by a special IAF aircraft from Mumbai at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday. He will be welcomed by Tomar, state ministers Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya, Maya Singh and Gwalior’s mayor Vivek Narayan Sejwalkar.

Divisional Commissioner, B M Sharma, collector of Gwalior A K Verma, Superintendent of Police Navnit Bhasin and ADM Sandip Kerketta will also receive the Vice President.

Naidu will go directly to the programme venue at facilitation centre of Shrimant Madhav Rao Scindia trade fair where he will attend ‘Mera School Digital School’ event and launch the 100 digital classrooms. He will leave for Delhi at 12:55 p.m.

“The fruitful results of girls school of Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram, Chinor, that has been transformed into e-learning content earlier, has motivated us to provide such facilities to other students of the rural government schools by modifying their classrooms digitally,” Tomar told The Statesman.

“We have made efforts to connect rural students with digital technology by taking this initiative because the present era is of technology which has brought prosperity, advancement and transparency in the country,” he said.

“With an objective to provide quality education, this initiative will be a platform to empower rural students to pursue their dream and further contribute in nation building,” Tomar added.

HZL and MDF have come forward to transform the classrooms through e-learning content and virtual classrooms via Internet. This initiative will help students in better understanding of subjects, especially Math, Science and English with the help of audio-visual content and internet support.

This will create a significant impact on 15,000 rural students, 300 teachers through digital classes and will connect them with Skype for online lessons. Collector of Gwalior Ashok Verma said all arrangements had been made for the Vice-President’s visit.