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August 2007

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HRD Ministry launches online admission project

The Indian Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has launched online Admission 2007 Project (Ni-On) of National Institute of Open Learning for Indian students.

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has initiated online admissions under its NIOS Online (Ni-On) project from this year onwards. This unique facility will facilitate the learners in directly accessing NIOS. Under Ni-On Project, NIOS has tailor-made ‘3’ Streams of online admissions for meeting the requirements of different groups of its potential learners. In Stream 1, all the learners can access NIOS directly Online through its website (www.nos.org) for the purpose of seeking admission. Stream-2 has been designed to save one-year of all those who have been unsuccessful in CBSE/ ICSE/Other recognized State Education Boards. These learners can seek online admissions in the Stream ‘2’ and also appear in the Public Examinations of October-November 2007, whose results will be declared by December 2007 itself. Stream-3 of online admissions also caters to the learners covered by Stream ‘2’ but allows them an additional advantage of appearing in On Demand Examination (ODE) at Secondary-level only based on his or her state of academic preparation. Last two Streams have been designed to provide “Safety Net” to all such unsuccessful learners of the formal school system.


Tele-conferencing training for teachers in Goa

The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) has initiated the first tele-conferencing training programmes for school teachers in collaboration with the (National Council of Education Research and Training) NCERT.

The tele-conferencing programme will be worked out for the GBSHSE in co-ordination between the Goa University which has the equipment and the Educational Satellite System of the NCERT, New Delhi. This facility will provide an opportunity for teachers in Goa to interact with resource persons from the NCERT. The facility is proposed to cater to teachers of Std II, IV, VII, X and XII covering all subjects. The State is one of the many others, identified for the programme from July 9 to August 21, 2007.

Curriki’s India connection

Conceived as an online repository of tools and aids that will make learning possible for any one, anywhere in the world, Curriki (www.curriki.org) has been up and running for a few months now.

Hundreds of volunteers, teachers, students and subject experts have donated their time and talent to enrich the portal and quickly transform it into a formidable educational resource. Admittedly, the initial offerings are skewed somewhat towards the U.S. K-12 (Kindergarten to Standard XII) system, but users in other places including India are learning about the site and localising it.

When The Global Education and Learning Community, the body that became Curriki, first took on the task, it associated two specialist agencies to help realise its dream: XWiki, authors of the software platform to help create the Wiki structure, and the Chennai-based Congruent Solutions, a respected name in e-Learning solutions to help with the engineering aspects, quality assurance and content conversion. This is a portal where hundreds of lay users and teachers will be uploading material.

Indian Bank launches e-Learning initiative

The Indian bank has launched an e-Learning initiative for its employees in association with US based e-Learning solution provider, KESDEE.

Indian Bank is hosting KESDEE’s 41 user friendly course libraries, which covers Risk Management, Asset and Liabilities management, anti-money launderies and an exclusive “Branch Management” module. The programme aims to enhance the capabilities of the employees of the bank on a continuous basis. The programme would help the employees to gain expertise in their area of operation as well as other areas of interest, resulting in better and more efficient customer service.

eCollege of India

Renaissance Learning Systems (India) has announced the launch of its sister concern, a B2C eLearning portal eCollege of India. ‘eCollege of India’ is a venture by a team of young educationists and international consortium of content providers.

The objective of ‘eCollege of India’ is to deliver very cost ef fective web-based e-Learning solution along with blended learning support through a SME network. At the current offering of 150 interactive courses for a subscription fee of INR 500 only. ‘eCollege of India’ hopes to soon introduce online degree and diploma courses for Indian students and is currently in talks with a few UK and US based universities. Also on the anvil are in-house certificate programmes.

The firm is also working on a video based communication platform for enhanced learning experience.

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