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powerscholar.com is BSES Telecom's latest offering in an attempt to empower schools. Talks with big names like IBM and Compaq are on, while Epson has already agreed to contribute its share of assistance to the portal.

MUMBAI: BSES Telecom's powersurfer.net provided Internet power to the corporate and powerscholar.com is the latest offering as an attempt to empower schools.

The portal has been launched with a view to bridge educational gap in 550 SSC board schools in Mumbai. The portal has made its presence in 60 schools with 1120 students using the portal, since its launch four months back. The portal was born with funding and infrastructure provided by BSES Telecom while development and market support being provided by Radical Technologies.

Commenting on the objective of the portal, BSES Telecom general manager Prakash Chaukar, said that the portal aims at filling loopholes in the education sector as the portal covers myriad spheres of information to enhance the knowledge wealth of the students.

Talks are on with big names like IBM and Compaq and Epson has agreed to contribute its share of assistance as Chaukar revealed that Epson has shown willingness to provide ten printers.

The portal targets students from seventh to tenth standards as they understand computers and are inquisitive about them. The strategy that portal will follow is to select three or four good students from every class who would access the portal in their schools.

Besides helping students, the portal also has guidelines for teachers on teaching strategy. The portal has few sponsors who are providing financial help to the portal. Chaukar revealed that the BSES Telecom is also acting as a medium for introducing different services in school as he revealed that these 200 schools witnessed Hepatitis- B program at concessional rates and such other services like providing books, uniforms will be carried out in future. The portal will be covering 440 schools by the end of this year.

Presently the portal has its presence only in Mumbai schools but soon the portal will be entering into ICSE, CBSE schools in Mumbai and also outside Mumbai and Maharashtra. To a question as to when the portal will be made available to the municipal schools Chaukar said that the proposal has been sent to the authority and waiting for them to get back.

The other plans that BSES Telecom has on cards are to provide online billing facility to present customers viz, Rajasthan, Orissa, and Haryana electricity boards respectively.

Chaukar disclosed that project has been under study and BSES Telecom is looking forward to execute the project as soon as possible. Chaukar did not reveal any specific time period for the same.

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