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August 2006

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American Higher Education in India
North America-based American Higher Education has entered the Indian  education market with online offerings from Columbia University,  Harvard  Graduate School of Education and the Boston University Corporate Education Centre. The programmes in the company’s  offerings include Columbia
University’s unique disciplines of engineering like earth, environmental,  finance to name a few – none of them  require extensive laboratory usage. The ‘Wide World’ programme from Harvard has a skill-enhancement programme for teachers and administrators on integrating and  leveraging technology in their
teaching process. Priced between INR20,000-23,000, the company believes the programme has the potential in creating a talent pool.

eschoollinks.com to make school management easier
Interactive Concepts Digital Technologies (ICDT) Private Limited, a Hyderabad-based communication and software company has come up  with a portal that promises to make school management easier.  The company has completed the portal – eschoollinks.com that would display  performance record of students, fee updates, information on examinations,  timetable or the syllabus. It enhances interactions between students, parents  and teachers and serves as a stage for inter-school interactions. Once  registered, each class of a particular school would have separate links to be managed by a teacher designated by the school.

Everonn aims big in satellite education in India
Everonn Systems, an e-learning solutions company in India, has set up two studios as part of its Zebra Kross programme which provides  virtually interactive, satellite-based education to various institutions.  The company set up its own V-SAT based studio two years back in  Chennai to offer a gamut of
educational and training programmes to the varied segments in schools and  colleges. Virtual and Tech Enabled  Learning Solutions (ViTELS) offered curriculum and job oriented courses  to colleges and schools under the
company’s own brand, Zebra Kross. Everonn is in partnership with HughesNet Global CommunicationsLtd to bring management courses  from premier business schools, offered under the brand name,  Direcway Global Education.

Winners of Red Hat Scholarships Programme 2005 –  2006 announced
Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, announced the winners of  the Red Hat Scholarships 2005 – 2006
programme. Red Hat Scholarships is an open source programming competition, conducted jointly by the eKALAVYA open source initiative at IIT Bombay and Red Hat India. The first place prize of INR2 lakh was  given to a two-member team from IITBombay. The second (INR1.5 lakh)  and third (INR1 lakh) place prizes were won by all-women teams from the  Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune and the Shri  Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore, respectively. The Red Hat Scholarships 2006-2007  programme has been expanded to cover countries in the Indian sub  continent, including Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Srilanka and Bhutan.

Software to help students clear exams
A new software claims to help an average student crack exams without burning
the midnight oil. Named ‘’CLEaRS,’’ acronym for Compuertised Learning, Evaluation and Review System, the software has been developed by New  Yorkbased multinational, Learning Accord (L A). The software teaches exactly what the student does not know, what he needs to know and is knowable to him, in the time frame available before his exams. The software has two versions, one for the Medical College Admission Test for students in the U S and Canada and another for Indians taking the board examinations and entrance tests for medical and engineering institutions. It maps the student’s mind 18 times per second to work out a strategy. After mapping his activities, it tells the student what time of the day he is most attentive and formulates a strategy for  reparations

Microsoft to train 45 million Africans in ICT
Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates, has announced that his company is planning to assist in giving ICT training to more than 45 million people  in Africa by year 2010. During this announcement, Gates  highlighted Microsoft’s long-term approach to investment in Africa, including collaborations between  Microsoft, local and global organisations such as the United  Nations World Tourism Organisation, the United Nations Industrial  Development Organisation and the
New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Intel promises help in Uttar Pradesh’s computer revolution
Intel Corporation has shown interest  to set up production unit for low-cost battery operated ‘’Rural Personal Computer’’ in Uttar Pradesh in India.  This battery operated PC would be useful in the common service centres,  which have been proposed to be  established in over 16,000 villages of the state as part of the Core  Infrastructure Projects development scheme of the Government. Intel also  plans to introduce the course of chip designing in the top technical  colleges of UP. The top chipmaker in the world is willing to impart its  expertise in preparing the curriculum of the technical and engineering colleges of the state in this regard and  also free training for students and teachers at Banglore.  Cisco launches School Messenger to improve attendance rates Cisco Systems has unveiled  automatic communication software
called SchoolMessenger for Cisco  Unified Communications, which will enable schools to convey  important information to parents more efficiently.

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a US parental  notification company, has integrated its system with the Cisco telephony  application, which is based on Internet protocol (IP). Teachers can
record a personalised message, select a preprogrammed calling list, and send  a message to parents from a computer or IP phone. It helps improve  attendance rates and increases  student performance.

Harbinger in global top 20 learning process providers list
Harbinger, a Pune-based e-Learning  company in India finds its name in the top-20 list of specialised learning  process providers, brought out by TrainingOutsourcing.com, a leading  analyst in business strategies for  learning,  based in the US.  Harbinger made it to this global list as a content development tools provider. Other international and  Indian companies in this top 20 list include Hewlett Packard, Hewitt  (admin services), Thomson Prometric  assessment and testing) and Adobe (content development  tools), Tata Interactive Systems,   enpact, IBM Learning solutions and Convergys.

IBM, Micorosoft protest
Indonesia’s open source policy A number of US informatics technology companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle have criticised Indonesia‘s open source application policy.  Under its open source application policy, Indonesia  uses systems  ithout licenses formed by the user  country itself and for its own
interest. Microsoft considered that  Indonesia has discredited the license product protected by property rights such as what was  produced by Microsoft. Microsoft said that Indonesian government‘s  support to the open source
application could threat market of  informatic technology (IT) software produced by some US IT giant  companies such as Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle.

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