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September 2006

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e-Tool to be used across India
A revolutionary e-Learning tool called LearnITy, could soon be used across
India and could help bridge the growing gap between skills availability and requirement. LearnITy, which is keyed to global  standards, has been developed by a team of researchers at Kolkata’s  Jadavpur University in collaboration with an American university. As many  as 21 of India’s centres of excellence, both academic and research, are  already using this e-Tool. Indian
Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is using it to support the project  assessment of EDUSAT, India’s  satellite built exclusively for education. Sun Microsystems and IBM too have begun using it.  Through LearnITy the student
answers the questions online and gets to know within 10 minutes if he  has achieved the level of knowledge required. The LearnITy assessor is  Java and can be used on any platform like Windows or Linux or Solaris.

JNU all set to march towards electronic age
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is undertaking an e-Governance project to digitalise all the processes and procedures related to administration and admission. The project is partly funded by the UGC and about Indian Rupees 9
million has been set aside for this project. This e-Governance focused  project is aimed at improving the productivity, adapta-bility and overall  effectiveness of the university.  Chennai-based Accel Icim Frontline Limited has been engaged to develop the software-based solution and  applications to suit the specific
administrative and academic needs of  JNU. While Accel is going to provide the applications, Wipro has been appointed as the consultant. The company will also train JNU officials to ensure optimum usage of the  technology on a  ong-term basis.
Intel, NIIT, MP Govt. to launch ICT enabled education in schools
The Madhya Pradesh (MP) government, the MP State Electronics Development Corp., Intel and NIIT have launched an  initiative to revolutionise the Information Communication  Technology (ICT) enabled education in government schools in the state government schools.  Named ‘Gyanodaya’, the Government hopes to extend this initiative  to students across all strata of the society.  As part of this initiative, NIIT will deploy ‘eGuru’, its most popular and
widely accepted virtual computer based teaching solution, besides  providing faculty and teacher training and courseware. In this project, Intel  is introducing a specially designed ‘robust’ computer that can work for  up to six hours even without  electricity, and also the company will provide necessary infrastructure in schools
Microsoft Imagine Cup: India team bags prize
Microsoft Corp on 11 August announced the winners of Imagine Cup 2006 in Agra, after intense competition among finalists chosen from a pool of more than 65,000 students from over 100 countries. India’s Team Avengers comprising Mohit Bhargava and Mitushi Jain bagged the 3rd prize in the Interface Design category. The team from Italy won the ‘Imagine Cup-2006’. The winning team walked away with a cash prize of USD25,000. The second place in the category was bagged by Brazil and the third place was taken by Norway. The Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s premier competition for technology students, provides a forum to encourage creative and technological innovations among university students worldwide. A total of 181 students from 72 teams representing 42  ountries were ultimately selected to participate in worldwide Imagine Cup  finals in six categories. The winners include Poland that took all the three  positions in the Algorithm category. The Short Film category saw Canada taking the first place followed by Poland and US, while Brazil won in the Interface Design followed by China and India. In the last category Project Hoshimi  (Programming Battle), France won the competition followed by the Republic of Serbia

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