ViCTERS stands for Virtual ClassroomTechnology on Edusat for Rural Schools. It is a complete noninteractive educational channel that caters to students & teachers on a need-based manner and reaches out to as many as 12,500 schools.
KITE is the nodal agency for implementing satellite network and runs an exclusive channel for education called VICTERS (Versatile ICT Enabled Resource for Students), which is now aired for 24 hours a day. India's epoch-making first broadband network for schools VICTERS (Versatile ICT Enabled Resource for Students) - inaugurated by A P J Abdul Kalam the President of India on 28 July 2005 in Thiruvananthapuram. VICTERS offers interactive virtual classrooms that enable the school students as well as the teachers to directly communicate with the subject experts and educationists. It also ensures the dissemination of high-quality education to the students and teachers from the original source.
Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE), formerly IT@School Project, was formed in 2001-02 to fuel ICT enabled education in the schools in the State. IT@School was transformed into KITE in August 2017.
KITE is the first SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) Company of the Education Department of the State. KITE also became the first SPV to get funded by Kerala Infrastructure And Investment Fund Board (KIIFB), the apex body for monitoring all the projects envisaged by the Govt. The hitherto scope of the General Education Sector has now been extended further with KITE being positioned to fuel ICT support to the Higher Education sector also including Arts & Science, Engineering colleges and Universities.
IT@School was formed in 2001, as a Project under the General Education Department, to inculcate IT activities in Higher School sections in the State. The first breakthrough of IT@School came in 2005 when Information Technology was made a compulsory subject in Std 10. The launch of EDUSAT operations and broadband connectivity to schools commenced since then, the VICTERS channel operated by IT@School was the first Complete Educational Channel in the Country. By effectively making use of the Centrally sponsored ‘ICT at School ‘scheme, IT@School provided ICT infrastructure to 4071 schools from 2007- 2012. In 2016, IT@School re-initiated the ICT intervention in Lower Primary and Upper Primary sections, by launching exclusive ICT Textbooks viz; Kalipetti and e@Vidya. As many as 1.50 Lakh teachers from Std 1 to 12 have been empowered with ICT skills, enabling them to transact their subjects more effectively using ICT tools.
IT@School amply supplemented the State Government’s Public Education Rejuvenation Mission with initiatives such as Samagra Content Portal, Sampoorna School Management software and SchoolWiki which connects 15,000 schools for the collaborative content development process. A major recent highlight of IT@School was the ‘Hi School Kuttikootam’ program under which over 1 lakh students are being provided specialized training in 5 different areas such as Animation, Cyber Safety, Hardware, Electronics, and Malayalam computing. Through the transformation to a full-fledged Company under the Government, KITE has now more scope and authority for implementing various ICT programs, when compared to the earlier Project mode of operation. KITE has already started the implementation of the Hi-Tech school program of the Education Department, by which 45000 classrooms in 4775 schools are being made Hi-Tech, for which KIIFB has already approved funding of Rs.493.50 Crores.