Improving Social Infrastructure And Quality In Education
January 2008

Improving Social Infrastructure And Quality In Education

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India along with other nations is a signatory to the resolutions made at Dakar and is committed to ‘Education for All’ Goals. According to estimates on the Internet the e-Learning segment in India would be one of the major determinants of providing access to quality education and training to all in an equitous manner.

IL&FS Education and Technology Services Limited (IETS) was established in 1997 as the social infrastructure initiative of IL&FS, one of India’s leading infrastructure development and finance companies. IETS, works in the field of education and technology using appropriate delivery mechanisms including robust public-private partnership modalities to develop effectively, social infrastructure initiatives in education, technology and training.

IL&FS Education and Technology Services Limited (IETS) is dedicated to the ‘Education for All’ goals. IETS works towards providing educational infrastructure and educational technology across India. IETS partners various state governments of India and other national and international organisations to catalyse the outreach of education and is committed to the creation of sustainable social infrastructure.

latest in technology with learning and training needs and offers holistic andcomprehensive solutions in the fields of pre-primary, elementary, secondary and higher education, adult education, vocational training, entrepreneurial training, continued professional development including ICT materials for community groups like Village Education Committee (VEC) members under SSA, IT training, communication skills, foundational soft skills training, and teacher training. IETS understands that technology makes a perceptible difference in learning and the organization works extensively in the field of ICT. School Transformation and Quality Improvement IETS in public-private partnership with Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Science and Technology Park will be upgrading and transforming 156 schools run by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The transformation project includes providing integrated solutions for enhancement of the quality of school education through effective up gradation  f IT infrastructure. This includes setting up of web-enabled MIS systems that will increase efficacy of administrative functions and enhancement of classroom processes through the use of ICT tools. The major input comprises of providing Marathi Computer Aided Learning (CAL) materials to supplement syllabi and competencies that pose as hard spots for students. Interactive Learning with K-Yan Learning through use of technology has several benefits and to this end IETS has in collaboration with IIT
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IETS has also created interactive multimedia lessons that are syllabus based  nd  ertain to the ICSE, CBSE,  State Board, and NCERT (2005) Curriculum  ramework. The lessons take hard to comprehend topics and  make learning a  delight using puzzles,  quizzes, and hands on learning methods. The approach is   ighly interactive and  learner centric. Content for EDUSAT The Government  f India has launched a  dedicated education satellite—EDUSAT.  Many states like  Haryana have  introduced EDUSAT transmissions to schools run by the  overnment. IETS  has, in partnership with the Haryana government created   ontent for the primary level, that make syllabus based  lessons come alive. The  DUSAT  ransmission modules are created by IETS along with NCERT, SCERT,  Haryana government school teachers and students. The transmission of the  content was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 19 May 2007. Lifelong Learning and Adult Education  In partnership with UNESCO, IETS has designed and produced for VillageEducation Committee Members’ a Computer Aided Learning Training programme that will facilitate Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’s aim to Universalise Elementary Education through decentralising control of schools and encouraging community ownership of schools. Consisting of six modules the  Village Education Committee Training Programme covers aspects of VEC orientation; developing sensitivity; school management and planning; financial literacy; personal effectiveness; effective communication. The CAL training modules produced by IETS & UNESCO  supplement the existing instructor-led training programs for VECs run by SSA.  UNESCO is now planning to upscale it across India in partnership with State  overnments.  IETS has developed a multimedia e-Learning programme for the  SelfDigital Learning | Vol 4 Issue 1 January 2008 131  employed Women’s  Association (SEWA). The programme teaches  Gujarati alphabets to adult    omen through folk songs and through linkages  to life Computer on Wheels  The  ‘Empowering the Poor—ICT  Programme for Rural Students’ was a project   ndertaken by Vidya Pratishthan Institute of Technology, Baramati, the World   ank, and IETS. Computer education was reached to 51 schools  located in 40  villages in Baramati  through five buses fitted with computers. The buses visited   cheduled schools in the villages each week to teach  computers to  hildren. IETS fitted each  bus with 20 computers which ran on 12 volt batteries.   ermed Hasat Khelat Sanganak the project taught IT skills  to 12283  hildren of classes 5, 6, and  7 studying in rural schools in the year 2004-2006.  IETS for the bus project  reated syllabus based work books, content in Marathi,  and teacher  raining programmes.

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