Corporate Diary
July 2007

Corporate Diary

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Partner Stack in IQ PC

 

  • Competitive Exam Preparation – Brilliant Tutorials: The most trusted institution in preparation of students for competitive entrance exams for professional courses. Each year more than 60,000 students enrolled across the country with contact prorammes in 15 cities and towns.
  • Curriculum Assist – Edurite: Started in 2000 with the objective to combine education with the core, it has percolated in every field of education arena and already created over 80 e-Learning products.
  • Computer-Based Training (CBT) on Computer Basics, Internet – Gurujiworld: Pune based entrepreneurial venture with a vision to improve the computer literacy of the people in India is working on Computer Based Training (CBT) application and has successfully launched two localised versions of its computer training software under the brand name of GURUJI.
  • Counseling – Junior Achievement: Junior Achievement is the organisation dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programmes. It reaches apprx 7.5 million students worldwide annually.
  • Edutainment – Karadi Tales: The partnerships aims to make the digitised edutainment content accessible to all.
  • Tutoring Service – TutorVista: The premier online destination for affordable education -anytime, anywhere and in any subject, TutorVista, helps students excel in school and in competitive exams.
  • English Language Programmes – Karadi Path, Gurujiworld
  • Examination Preparation – Edurite
  • Partner Stack in MSN IQ Beta Education Channel
  • Curriculum and homework assist – Edurite
  • Coaching and Tutoring – Brilliant Tutorials, TutorVista, Junior Achievement
  • Edutainment – Karadi Tales
  • Reference – MS Encarta
  • English as second language – Karadi Path

PRODUCT

Sub-INR 10,000 computing device by Qualcomm

Global patent holder for CDMA chip, the US-based Qualcomm Inc, is engaged in a pilot project to develop a cellphone-based computing device, which can be used extensively in banks, education and e-Governance in rural areas at costs lower than INR 10,000 and free from problems of power crisis, with which these areas are generally plagued.

The devices, on which Qualcomm is currently working,  would be smaller than the traditional desktop computers and bigger than mobile phones and would not need the paraphernalia and related costs of computers and can be easily installed in rural areas and educational institutes.

Experts discover design flexibility with RapideL Discover

RapideL Discover, the rapid elearning content authoring solution developed by Brainvisa has overcome some striking challenges in design. Brainvisa is the learning solution company based at US, UK, Australia and India.

It has been observed through Brainvisa’s research that one of the gravest challenges faced in the use of Rapid eLearning methodologies is control over the look and feel of the course output. Brainvisa’s RapideL Discover allows Subject Matter Experts and Instructional Designers to create eLearning rapidly, using the easy and familiar Microsoft Word as the authoring interface. The tool has a set of pre defined templates which ensure instructional soundness of the course output while also providing flexibility in design.

Brainvisa’s RapideL is enabled with support for language localization and supports up to 22 languages. A free trial of RapideL can be downloaded at http://www.rapidel.com

Eduventures’ new analytic and evaluation tools for higher education

Eduventures, the leading collaborative research and consulting firm for higher education, launches three new services for colleges and universities: Academic Toolkit to evaluate and identify implications of new or existing courses, Marketing Dashboard to track and measure programme effectiveness and Online Education Blueprint to evaluate online courses.

Eduventures Education Services also provides independent education consulting services.

PROJECT

Career education in IBM Software for CCASE students

College of Computing and Applied Software Engineering (CCASE), under the aegis of Rai Foundation, has introduced a three-month Database Administration (DB2) programme with IBM at their Faridabad campus in India.

Under the initiative, IBM has trained CCASE faculty to use IBM’s latest software tools, which they would impart to the students. The programme will enable young graduates with IT-orientation to have a hands-on experience in IBM software products – DB2, WebSphere Rational software testing tools and Tivoli.

PARTNERSHIP

Educomp acquires Singapore based Ask n Learn

India based e-Learning solutions provider, Educomp Solutions Ltd, has acquired Singapore based education technology company, Ask n Learn Inc.

The company has signed the sale and purchase agreement with a majority of the shareholders to acquire the company. The total acquisition price is Singapore $5.98 million in cash in addition to options worth S$1.05 million. This acquisition will provide Educomp a substantial share of the education market in Singapore and add over 100 schools to its portfolio as well as serve as a platform for penetration into the larger Asia-Pacific region.

Wipro to offer e-Learning skills to Indian University students

Wipro Infotech has signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), India to provide training, skills and consultancy services to the latter’s Centre for Distance Education in the university.

Under this MoU, Wipro will organise regular seminars and workshops by leading experts to train the staff and students of distance education in all aspects that concern e-Learning. The centre would be engaged in the development of electronic learning courses. The company will engage four students from the campus for training during summers, and shall also offer projects to the students of AMU in IT products marketing.

50 teachers honoured for ideas on technology use in education

from schools in Tamil Nadu in India were honoured at a programme jointly organised by Intel India and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) wing of the State Education Department.

The teachers were winners of the State level competition on `Best use of technology in education’ organised by the SSA wing and Intel India recently. Nearly 800 teachers across 30 districts submitted their entries and a few were short-listed for the State level contest, from which winners were selected. Prize winner P. Magdalene Premalatha, chose to address the issue of child labour. The English teacher from Panchayat Union Middle School in Tiruvarur identified 12 children who were employed and admitted them to schools.

Intel, through its `Intel Teach’ programme has so far trained about 19,000 teachers in the State, to impart technology-aided education to students. As part of their `Intel Teach’ programme, over seven lakh teachers have so far been trained in India.

MeritTrac Services and Carnegie Speech in strategic partnership

MeritTrac Services, India’s leading skills assessment company, announced a strategic partnership with Carnegie Speech, US to bring the world-renowned Carnegie Speech Assessment automated voice evaluation technology to India. On the occasion, MeritTrac also formally unveiled a thought paper on voice evaluation, which throws new light on benefits that can accrue to the voice-based BPO players by adopting a different philosophy on assessments.

The new automated speech testing technology/tool usually grade users against a general benchmark of English fluency and goes onto classify the quality of individual’s speech providing a cost-effective, objective assessment capability to BPO companies and educational institutions that need to assess large number of applicants.

Commenting on the partnership, Angela Kennedy, CEO, Carnegie Speech, said,” Carnegie Speech Assessment provides micro feedback on parameters such as vowel sounds which would help companies make their training programs more effective.”

While sharing key highlights of the unveiled thought paper, Mohan Kannegal, Co-founder and Director, MeritTrac Services said, “Last year when we unveiled the Communication skills index in Delhi we highlighted the challenges facing the talent pool. Post that we were keenly looking at ways to help the industry address this challenge and we figured that if accurate inputs can be generated for training in voice, it will lead to better yields – thus allowing the industry to tap into more of the existing pool. This will be of immense help to the voice-based BPO players and our thought paper has a case-study which just validates this possibility.”

The tool uses classified customer data for customising the assessment to categorise the prospective agents in the most useful way for each customer, which is unique to Carnegie Speech. The technology could also be customised to focus on known regional speech difficulties, which is of particular relevance to India. Carnegie Speech, US, is a speech assessment and tutoring Software Company focusing on testing and improving English pronunciation for non-native speakers.

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