Corporate Dairy: Jan 2008
January 2008

Corporate Dairy: Jan 2008

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CBSETutor.com launched to provide free online tutoring to school students
Unified Learning, the India based online tutoring and assessment company has launched CBSETutor.com, an e-Learning site that aims to make it easier for students of the CBSE curriculum to self-learn and test themselves interactively.

CBSETutor.com caters to students and parents from Classes Pre-Nursery to XII. The initiative offers poems, stories, nursery rhymes and learning games on the site. For middle and senior school students, the site offers notes, lessons, tests and assignments organised chapter-wise. The website keeps records of all activities and allows students to view their progress as they proceed. Students can build their profiles and interact with other students who have common interests using Live Chat and Message features. They can also use the blog feature to practice creative writing. The website users can also ask and answer questions on science and mathematics. In ‘the classroom’, the scores of students are compared with other students to show them relative performance. Teachers can post their writing for each chapter and topic and let students access it. They can also exhibit their presentations and project reports for students to view.

Everonn buys Aban e-Learning unit
Everonn Systems India Ltd, a satellite-based education service provider, has acquired the e-Learning division of Aban Informatics (P) Ltd, a part of Chennai-based Aban group.

The e-Learning division of Aban group consists of Classontheweb.com, an educational portal catering to all academic needs. Everonn will have access to over 30,000 students all over India. The acquisition will help the company cater to the needs of digital content to suit the syllabi of all educational boards within India and abroad. It will also provide content material for e-Tutoring and retail market through CD-based instructional materials, according to a press release issued by Everonn.

MBD Alchemie launches courses for CBSE Classes on CD
MBD Alchemie, the online educational academy in India, a venture of INR 200 crore MBD Group,  launched MBD Alchemie CBSE crash courses and CBSE test series for the Class X & XII board examinations 2008 on CD’s. The CDs will be available through more than 10,000 leading booksellers spread across the length and breadth of the country.

The first CD offering from the company has an integrated web mentoring model, available to students for the first time in the CD category. The CD based market for CBSE test series is estimated to be around INR142 crore and MBD Alchemie is looking at tapping a sizeable part of this market.

The subjects dealt with in CBSE X are Maths and Science & Technology and for CBSE XII are Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

Educomp Solutions forms joint venture with Learning.com
Educomp Solutions Ltd has announced that the Edumatics Corp. Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company based in Ventura, California, U.S.A. has signed a joint development agreement with US-based company Learning.com, to provide educators with innovative, Web-delivered curriculum solutions that support student
learning outcomes.

Learning.com partners with schools and districts to improve student-learning outcomes. The portal transforms learning experiences through its understanding of the art and science of Web-based teaching and learning. The Digital curriculum developed under this joint agreement will be delivered through Learning.com’s innovative digital learning environment that allows teachers and administrators to individualise instruction, customise assignments, and quickly access student process reports.

Tata Interactive Systems named on IITT Awards shortlist
A game, developed for ICICI Bank in India by the global learning provider, Tata Interactive Systems (TIS), has been shortlisted for an award in the ‘e-Learning Project of the Year’ category at the forthcoming Institute of IT Training (IITT) Awards.

Using its game-based learning objects (GamBLs) model, TIS created a computer game which cast players – drawn from ICICI Bank’s Process Managers – as airport managers. The game, which involved optimising the airport’s revenue by managing the throughput of travellers, helped  managers to learn the principles behind the bank’s DQM system.

Intel and World Ahead Alliance expand in education in India
Intel Technology India Pvt Ltd in collaboration with other Intel World Ahead Programme Alliance members and the Government of India announced a number of initiatives to help in transforming the education in the old city of Chandini Chowk, Delhi.

Intel India has unveiled three projects aimed to accelerate access to education to residents of Chandini Chowk. These projects are part of a global initiative under the Intel World Ahead Programme that provides people with faster access to Information and Communications Technology. The project will address both healthcare and education needs for 2,000 children in the school, through a web-based solution that provide schoolchildren and faculty with digitised health records and health camps with participatory, action-based health learning.

TCS and Intel are hoping to create a model that can be implemented in schools across the country, that will help ensure government-aided schools are safe and healthy places for children.

Google’s Digital Library project takes off
Google has started a project to create an authoritative store of information about any and every topic. It has already started inviting people to write about the subject on which they are known to be an expert.

Google has promised that it would not act as editor for the project but will provide the tools and infrastructure for the pages. However, Google’s initiative has been seen as an attack on Wikipedia. By indexing the Web, Google strives to make information more easily accessible. By getting respected authors to write about their specialism Google hopes to start putting some of that information in better order.

The system will centre around authored articles created with a tool Google has dubbed “knol” – the word denotes a unit of knowledge – that will make webpages with a distinctive livery to identify them as authoritative. A knol on a particular topic is meant to be the first thing someone who searches for this topic for the first time will want to read.

TCYonline.com launches exam preparation service for students
India based TCY (Top Careers & You) Learning Solutions, a global provider of end to end education services provider has launched a free online testing service through its education portal TCYonline.com.

The new service would help users to better prepare for their exams and improve their reasoning, verbal and other skills. The company has introduced online tests and tutorials for CBSE and NTSE preparation; college test preparation for MBA, MCA, GMAT, GRE, LAW, SAT; and pre-employment screening tests. Currently the service only focus on adoption and user experience.

Everonn announces courses through VSAT in India
Chennai based Everonn Systems India, a knowledge management, education and training company, has announced three new courses.

A postgraduate certificate course in Banking and Finance spanning six months, an advanced diploma course in Java/J2EE programming spanning 10 months, and a certificate programme in ‘Tech BPO’ spanning two months will soon be offered to students. Everonn Systems, a satellite-based education service provider, is associated with over 200 colleges across south India. The courses, aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry, will be conducted with the aid of VSAT technology. Students of engineering, arts, commerce and science colleges are eligible for the courses. The programmes would also include a module on personality, communication and aptitude development and preparation for an interview.
Currently, Everonn is providing 15 courses through its virtual classrooms.

Aptech selected best ICT training Programme

Aptech Computer Education’s flagship programme ACCP (Aptech
Certified Computer Professional) has been selected as the “Best ICT Training programme” in the “Best ICT Choice of Mongolia-2007” competition.

Aptech’s Mongolia Training Centre was given this award. The competition was organised by the Information, Communication and Technology Authority of Mongolia and Midas Monita NGO, National IT Park, MFMC Co. Ltd. and Biz Online Co. Ltd. The winner was decided on the basis of on-line voting and letters of support from various companies. But the final decision was made by the expert committee.

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