Coming up, a Facebook-like education website

The Rajasthan government has hit upon a remedy for your child logging into Facebook at the cost of studies. They are launching a social networking site that will also help brush up a youngster's academic knowledge. 

IANS told that,"The idea is to utilise the popularity of social networking sites among students. Most of them spend a lot of time on such websites every day," a senior official of the state's information technology department, which is developing the portal. 

The government portal will give tips to students on subjects like physics, chemistry and mathematics. Experts will be roped in to answer the academic queries students post on it. Students will be able to open up their individual accounts, add friends, upload photographs, play games and interact among themselves just like they do on Facebook. The development of the portal is in the final phase. 

The government should popularise the website by approaching educational institutes across the state, including schools, colleges and coaching centres, said Abhishek Sharma, a volunteer working with a local NGO.Parents have also welcomed the initiative.