CORPORATE DIARY: Dec 2008
December 2008

CORPORATE DIARY: Dec 2008

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Educomp bags Karnataka order for computer-aided education

Education solutions provider Educomp Solutions has been awarded a work order from the Karnataka government for implementation of computer-aided Education in 708 PU colleges in the state. The order is valued at INR 50.27 crore to be executed over five years. Educomp has also bagged an order for 347 government hostels from Chattisgarh government for implementation of computer-aided education programme.

With the above orders , the total number of schools in the Educomp portfolio has gone upto to 9970 and the total number of students served by Educomp will be now 6 million + in India itself.

CR2 Technologies Ltd launches Library Management Software in India

Asia’s first revolutionary Library Management Software System based on SaaS (Software as a Service) model has been launched by CR2 Technologies Ltd. CYBRARIAN – is a next generation web based, seamless and fully integrated Library Management software System hosted on a remote server. This is based on SaaS (Software as a Service) concept where users have to pay–as-you-use basis.

The system allows the librarians to access and run the software with the help of an ordinary low cost PC having a web browser and they can carry out online all the transactions like acquisition, cataloguing, circulation, periodicals management (PMS), article indexing, report management, etc. In this new model, the user is saved from the hassles of buying licensed copies of software like OS, R/DBMS, Application Software, Anti virus etc. They are also not required to buy costly hardware like servers, PCs, networking components etc.

Cisco partners with Jordan for national broadband network

Cisco has entered into an agreement with Jordan’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT) for the implementation of a national broadband network. The three-year project to build the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network will be coordinated in conjunction with Cisco’s certified resale and system integrator partners in the region.

The government of Jordan is acting on its long term vision to provide Jordanian citizens with access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and strongly believes that Cisco will play an important role in helping it make this happen. Jordan’s schools, universities and colleges need to be connected via networks at a level and speed that can support the rapid growth of network traffic demand over the long term.

Becta launches learning website

Education technology agency Becta has launched its Next Generation Learning campaign website, in an effort to ensure that parents, learners and schools are getting the most out of technology when used in education. The website enables users to find out innovative ways in which technology is already being used in schools, to improve motivation and results. An example of this is John Cabot Academy in Bristol, where students are using PlayStation Portables (PSPs) in PE lessons to see how their long jump techniques compare to professionals.

Stephen Crowne, chief executive of Becta said, ‘We know that technology significantly improves results, yet despite this, only one in five of schools and colleges are making the most of its potential. A new feature included in the website is a postcode search facility, which enables parents to find schools in their area that have achieved an ICT Mark for using technology effectively.

Educomp-Intel collaboration for Learning System for schools

Education providers Educomp Solutions Ltd has launched Educomp O3 Learning System, its new age learning system for One On One learning in schools in collaboration with IT major Intel. Educomp O3 Learning System has been developed by Educomp after years of intensive research and provides teachers with a host of tools, strategies and applications to facilitate learning in a one on one computing environment.

Under the Educomp O3 programme, every child in class will be equipped with an Intel powered Classmate PC, fully loaded with applications and features designed for one on one learning in schools. Educomp and Intel ran pilot projects for the O3 programme across eight schools in India.

Microsoft unveils DreamSpark for students in India

In order to provide students access to technical software, Microsoft unveiled ‘DreamSpark,’ a software giveaway for over 10 million qualified students in the country. DreamSpark will give students access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge to ‘unlock’ their creative potential.

Launching the project at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates said, ‘We want to do everything we can to equip the new generation of technology leaders with the knowledge and tools they need to harness the magic of software to improve lives, solve problems and catalyse economic growth.’ ‘Microsoft DreamSpark provides professional level tools that we hope will inspire students like you to explore the power of software and encourage you to forge the next wave of software-driven breakthroughs,’ he added.

Nokia announces education service for rural India

Nokia announced the latest Nokia Life Tools application, targeted at rural phone end-users consumers. The service will be piloted in India before the year ends and then to other parts of Asia and Africa by early next year. Life Tools is specially designed for the local markets and will offer education services along with agricultural information.

Knowing that Internet coverage in rural parts remains a problem for most emerging markets, access to Life Tools will be the in the form of SMS or texting. The education service of Nokia Life Tools entails to give students a decisive advantage by boosting their English language and local, national and international general knowledge.

HCL tie-up with Ramakrishna Mission to open CDC

HCL Infosystems Limited has joined hands with the Ramakrishna Mission to open a branch of HCL Career Development Centre (HCL CDC) at Ramakrishna Marg, New Delhi. Under this initiative, students will gain from deep domain expertise of HCL CDC apart from getting affordable IT training programme offered by the Ramakrishna Mission.

Under this initiative, HCL CDC will provide students with course material, practical classes, hands on training, communications skills and guest lectures facilities. It will also provide affordable training courses to students from low income groups, who have passed Senior Secondary Examination. The company already has 70 fully operational HCL CDCs across the country and plans to expand to meet the growing demand of skilled ICT professionals.

Intel launches Skoool.com.eg in Egypt

As part of the Egyptian Education Initiative, Intel has launched its digital education content platform ‘skoool.com.eg’ in collaboration with Edu Systems International (ESI), in Egypt. The award-winning skoool technology for digital online learning is the flagship website of the multimedia, multi-device learning solutions produced by the Intel Innovation Centre and is set to be rolled out across schools in Egypt Commenting on the launch, Salah Elewa, Director of Technology Development Center, said, ‘Providing local e-content to students at a young age underpins the need for students to have access to the right tools at their fingertips at an early age. The skoool.com.eg platform offers math and science modules tailored to the Egyptian curriculum, and can greatly benefit all students and schools in the country by providing excellent teaching standards.’

International Children’s Digital Library on Apple iPhone

The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL), which is the world’s largest collection of children’s literature available freely on the Internet, announced the release of the ICDL for iPhone application. The ICDL for iPhone application allows users to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of the iPhone and iPod Touch user interface to read a selection of books from the ICDL’s master collection of thousands of children’s stories from 60 countries.

The ICDL for iPhone application features ICDL’s ClearText technology which was designed to make it possible for users to read story text clearly in the context of highly illustrated beautiful children’s picture books — even on the small mobile screen.

Samsung scholarship for Indian students

South Korean consumer giant Samsung has announced its ‘Global Scholarship Program’ for Indian students pursuing management and masters studies in Korean universities. The scholarship will also provide an opportunity to work with the company in the country. ‘Based on our confidence in Indian talent, we have made the Samsung GSP programme for India the largest amongst all Samsung subsidiaries where it is being made available,’ Samsung South-West Asia President and CEO H B Lee said

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