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President tells IBM to develop tablet PCs
President of India APJ Abdul Kalam has asked IBM to join the global  knowledge platform by developing low cost tablet PCs and computers  based on nano technology. He pointed out that students should be  able to use the tablet PC as a digital  book, notebook and an e-Learning device. Kalam says, IBM can think of  possible collaborations with Indian industries for the development of integrated hardware and software systems that will be useful to the 300 million Indian students.

Educomp Solutions signs INR
500 mn contract for e-learning Educomp Solutions has signed two contracts, one with Gujarat Council of Primary Education (GCPE), for providing certain equipment, computer aided education services and educational content in 500
elementary schools in 25 districts of Gujarat for the period of three years.Furthermore, it also inked another agreement with the School Education
Department of West Bengal State for providing educational services under School Computer Education Project in 500 government and aided higher secondary schools in the state for a period of six years. The approximate  aggregate and potential value of both the contracts is Rs 500 million. Educomp Solutions is an e-Learning enabler and specialises in the creation  of learning content, management of learning and the delivery of learning.

Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation plans a virtual university
Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd has come up with a framework  that would integrate the entire educational institutions in the state to form Maharashtra Knowledge Grid. The plan is waiting the government’s  nod for implementation. The  technology would be of immense help for the students, For example, filling of forms would become easier and  also during exams the timetable and any other exams-related information  would be SMSed to them. MKCL is planning to start a deemed university  in 2007, which would be a virtual one and will follow the e -learning pattern.

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Anna University inked MoU with Microsoft
Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd clinched a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Anna University in Chennai, India, aiming at  providing easy access to Microsoft technology to faculty and four lakh  students of the 235 colleges affiliated to Anna University.  The MoU states that over the next 12- 16 months, the university wou d bring  about modifications in its engineering and MCA courses to bring a balance between Microsoft and non- Microsoft technologies being taught as part of the curriculum. Location-based service,

e-education from BSNL soon in India
BSNL, Tamil Nadu Telecom circle in India, will soon introduce a number of value-added services like locationbased  service on mobile and e-learning through broadband. BSNL would introduce interactive elearning on its broadband network to give tuitions to Class 10 and 12 students.

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