Digital Solution for Education,Employment & Women Empowerment
- Emphasis on two primary pillars of development: Education and Women Empowerment
- Role, impact and importance of digitalization in the learning processes
- Cumulative involvement of various sectors for a comprehensive approach to progressiveness in employment
Chair: Ashis Sanyal, e-Governance and ICT4D Consultant
Co-chair: Marvin Mathew, U.S. Ambassador, One Young World
Moderator: Sairee Chahal, Founder and CEO Applied Life Pvt. Ltd.
Jury expert: Yudho Giri, Lecturer, ICT Expert, Consultant Trainer and Researcher
Panelist: Gunjan Veda, WISH
- Janani Subramanian, iMOBILE Lab
- B. Ganesh, SkillTrain
- Aashish Sawhney, Let Me Know
- Snehal Lahoti, Alphabet Writing
- Mahesh Kulkarni, T-Learning Suite
- Ajay Krishnan, Cisco Inclusive Growth
- Alexandra Tyers, English and ICT for Adolescent Girls
- Mr. Amit Kumar, FightBack
- Mridula Singh & Alok Nikhil Jha, Trishulam
Ajay Krishnan(Inclusive Growth Group, Bangalore) :11000 Engineers of Cisco System in collaboration with Inclusive Growth Group have developed solutions to developed India using Digital Technology where they have discovered that there will be 3 billion digital users and those will be from India and China alone. So, they have started with the goal of customizing technology for the developing world in the three areas namely Education, Skills Development and Health Care. Primary goal of the solutions should be extremely cost effective, replicable, modular and scalable. Challenges lies in technology work in consistent and sustainable basis in a cost effective manner. For Example schools like Sarba Shiksha Abhiyan in remote corner of Shimoga District of Karnataka have 6 Computers present in the School. Out of which 5 Computers are not in service. So, they use the single Computer to teach the entire class, where they used to teach students on certain topics like using of rocket but there is a huge gap between the teacher and the student as the teacher in not able to reach to the student in proper manner.
To minimize the gap between the teacher and the student the Inclusive Growth Group introduced the concept of Edu Chat which comprises of studio where a teacher from specific location use to interact with all the students through remote classroom concept.With the use of it the students could understand the topics clearly but if they wanted to question back they have to do it through text messages or phone calls which is again not very effective as the kid losses the interest very soon. Finally they introduced cloud computing to bridge the gap between the teacher and the kid. And the Remote teacher can get into the classroom from the far end. With this they have completed 600 hours of computer teaching in remote parts of Karnataka and 25000 hours of teaching in Kerela. With led to the skill development they worked closely with the Nurses Training Programme in Bihar where content of the nurses is given by the Partner which is a world leader in Nursing Education who use to developed, deploy, train the teachers and monitor and they are also responsible for the software . And the Cisco System in collaboration with Inclusive Growth Group in the hardware in the platform piece.In 34 locations in Kerala they have also expanded in Fashion Technology Skill, Motor Usage Technology Skill and these contracts with the completed of its successful first year it got renewed for the 2nd year. Skill partners for Pune have Maliyali Skill Trainers teaching in Soft Skills to students . And that is how they have developed a noticeable change in their Skill Development Programmes. The key of technology have taken care end to end by using Cisco Education Enabled Platform (CEEP) which contains Industrial Grad Devices kept in the top of the classroom in the ceiling which has a router, computer, projector built-in, cameras are connected to it, mike on the sides, mike for the students, speakers on the side, digital pad in the remote classroom. In India their presence in over 160 locations out of which some are free pilots but most are paid pilots.
Panel Encouragements and Recommendations
- There is a great digital divide on part of women participation and efforts should be put in to involve women, not only in the traditional areas, but also in the non – conventional domains.
- More initiatives should be looked in for in the domain of education and women empowerment, inspired by the necessity, and driven by technological solutions
- India is a country with great number of engineers. Solutions should be focused with a strong engineering foundation, thereby aptly utilising the enormous skill reservoir.