By VARINDIA    2015-07-09

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4th VARINDIA ICT in Education Summit: Mr. J R Kaim, Director-Education, NDMC speaks about the MCD schools in Delhi

Mr. J R Kaim, Director-Education, North Delhi Municipal Corporation  gave a snapshot of the MCD schools across Delhi and highlighted the current state of education in these schools and the adoption of e-governance projects that has brought these institutions closer to ICT. “Before the trifurcation of MCD in 2012, when it used to be the largest municipal corporation, I was dealing with 10 lakhs students in 18,000 MCD schools. These were mostly primary schools with 21,000 teachers. But at present I am dealing with 4.5 lakhs students and 10, 000 students. The schools have improvised infrastructure with good buildings and facilities. The ratio between girls and boys is also kept at par.”

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4th VARINDIA ICT in Education Summit: Prof Marmar Mukhopadhyay, chairman, ETMA talks about the Indian education system

 

Chief Guest, Prof. Marmar Mukhopadhyay, Chairman (ETMA) left the audience enthralled.  He spoke in details about the current education system in India, on the strides it has taken so far to transform the system and how it can be further improved, besides laying emphasis on educating the girl child. “My involvement in ICT in education has been primarily on policy making. In 1986, we managed to first introduce a concept called Education Technology. Only much later the word ICT came into being. 8.29% students are educated in private schools, which mean 92% of them are still in Govt. schools. So when we talk of quality, what quality are we talking about? Out of 100 students admitted in Grade 1, 64 drop out by 10thstandard. Only 19 students in 100 graduate into the secondary level.”

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4th  VARINDIA ICT in Education Summit: Deepak Kumar Sahu of VARINDIA talks about investment in education to empower the world  

 

Addressing the audience, Deepak Kumar Sahu, Publisher & Chief Editor – Kalinga Digital Media  stressed on how education can be used as a powerful tool to change the world, “Despite the most prolonged economic downturn, depreciation in currency and policy paralysis, the global investor interest in India remains healthy. Investing in education is also the smart thing to do. Why? Because education imparts people the skills they require to help themselves out of poverty and into prosperity.Education is the bedrock of social and economic development, too. It is only through education that we can hope to eradicate social evils.”

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4th VARINDIA ICT in Education Summit: Ms. Sara H. Basson of IBM speaks about the initiatives of IBM in driving a research oriented education system

 

Ms. Sara H. Basson, Ph.D., Worldwide Program Director, IBM- TJ Watson Research Center also spoke on her take on ICT in Indian educational institutions and its many advantages to the students and teachers. “We at IBM are looking at education from a research perspective. We recognize that education is increasingly moving to digital and that is also a business imperative and so we are very much serious in addressing this space. Though the lab is in USA, the technical work for transformation of education is taking place in India. Given the size of the Indian population, by 2020 India would need 800 more universities.  There are 350 now. So something more needs to be done than the current model of building buildings.”

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4th VARINDIA ICT in Education Summit: Ankita Saikia of  HP  speaks about Cloud Solutions in the Education sector

 

Ankita Saikia, India Business Development Consultant – HP (Education) in her speech gave her company’s outlook and spoke on Winning solutions for the Education Sector that are Cloud compatible. “Innovations from HP Lab are for the education segment, to collaborate with it and take it to a higher standard of globalization. Vast education offerings of HP include customized approach and innovative methodologies. The role of technology in education is more significant than ever before. The need and demand of an educational institution can now be achieved by the culmination of 3 technologies – Cloud computing, mobility and massive online content. And this is exactly how HP is striving to drive the education sector in the country. ”

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4th VARINDIA ICT in Education Summit: Prof. Rajaram S Sharma of NCERT speaks on the development of an ICT curriculum in schools

 

Prof. Rajaram S Sharma, Joint-Director, CIET, NCERT addressed the audience on the development of an ICT Curriculum in schools. “Our job is to make a benchmark for school education by defining what should be taught in classrooms and what should be the levels to which our students should rise. We work with technology, basically radio, TV and ICT applications and as an advisor to the Human Resource Development, there have been two recent developments that we have made. One of the things the HRD Ministry has aspired for is to create a definition of what ICT can be or ought to be in schools. It can be used as a vehicle to deliver education. It has created a National Policy for ICT in school education.”

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4th VARINDIA ICT in Education Summit: Mr. Shantanu Dash of MGurujee talks about his company and transformation of the mobile platform into a learning tool

 

Mr. Shantanu Dash from MGurujee spoke at length about his initiative of how it facilitates Mobile Collaborative Learning and of its different Apps and Mobile learning Solutions that empower teachers, students and parents to make use of the Mobile platform. “MGurujee is our Mobile learning brand. We are an education technology company and develop platforms and applications for th e education industry. We are looking at convergence of mobile, the computer and the internet. When you combine all 3, you touch 5-6 billion people across the globe. Everybody has access to these 3 devices. We have almost 5 years of experience in ICT, to which we cater with products and technology.”

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