HP and Liqvid have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deliver Liqvid’s bilingual EnglishEdge software through the HP Lab-in-Box network to spread technology based education solutions across rural India.
As part of its Vision 20201 plan, the Indian Government is looking to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in schools to 30 per cent by 2020. Innovative technology solutions will play a vital role in enabling this increase in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.
“The tie-up with HP is reflective of Liqvid’s conviction that quality learning content and leading-edge technology collectively has the ability to create unique learning experiences to a diverse audience. As education specialists, we’re on continuous quest to identify scalable models and support them meaningfully. HP’s work in the education sector is very impressive, and we are very excited to now be a part of it”, added Vivek Agarwal, MD & CEO, Liqvid eLearning Services Pvt. Ltd.
Liqvid will be responsible for providing the relevant content, conduct train-the-trainer programmes wherever required, and extend its offering to all future HP Lab-in-Box projects.
Liqvid will also promote the Cloud-based HP LIFE e-learning program across its customer base that will help students and entrepreneurs learn IT and business skills. This collaboration will increase awareness of this advanced collaboration and training programme to nearly 300,000 additional learners and provide access to HP LIFE e-learning at all of Liqvid’s study centres. Liqvid’s customers include IIT Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Educomp and British Council among others.
“The response to HP‘s Lab-in-Box and HP LIFE e-learning programs over the last two years has been tremendous and encouraging. We remain focused on our goal of using technology to extend the reach of education in remote parts of the country and to include a diverse and rich content and solution offering set that complements our technology infrastructure. The partnership with Liqvid helps us in this goal in providing flexible English language and entrepreneurship classes in rural India”, said Dr. Jaijit Bhattacharya, Director, Government Advisory, South Asia HP.
HP LIFE e-learning is a global, cloud based program that trains students, aspiring entrepreneurs, and small business owners to harness the power of IT to establish and grow their businesses, helping them build successful companies and create jobs. As of June 2012, more than 50,000 students and micro-entrepreneurs registered on the online platform. Since HP LIFE e-learning began in 2007, over 25,000 businesses have been started.