Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) is a state-owned special-purpose company run by the Kerala government’s education department. KITE Kerala was created to support ICT-enabled education in Kerala schools. In August 2017, the former IT@School Project was renamed KITE to broaden its scope of operations. It was the first SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) company to receive KIIFB funding (Kerala Infrastructure and Investment Fund Board).
KITE is the nodal agency for executing the EDUSAT network, and it broadcasts an educational channel named KITE VICTERS (Versatile ICT Enabled Resource for Students) from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. On July 28, 2005, the Late Former President of India, A P J Abdul Kalam, inaugurated India’s first broadband network on EDUSAT for schools, KITE VICTERS. VICTERS offers interactive virtual classrooms that enable the school students as well as the teachers to immediately contact the subject specialists and educationists. It also ensures that high-quality education is distributed to students and teachers from scratch.
- ICT training
- Hardware training
- Internet training
- IT training for the visually challenged
- Camera handling training
- Training on ICT-enabled content
- Animation Training Programme for Students (ANTS)
Software Applications Developed by KITE Kerala
Some of the free software applications developed or customized by KITE Kerala include the following.
- Application software like OpenOffice, GIMP, Dr. Geo, Rasmol, KEduca, Klab, etc.
- Examination software – to conduct IT practical examinations for more than 1.6 million students
- Handbook for Linux – prepared as a user manual
- Training modules in Linux – to train teachers in open source
- Textbook for standard 8th, 9th, and 10th classes– Prepared in association with SCERT
- An ICT training program based on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for students who require special attention
- ICT training to all visually challenged teachers in the state using the free software – ORCA.