Umesh Chandra Pandey of Government Inter College Dinapani, Almora in Uttarakhand is declared “One of the most innovative educator in the world”. Top 80 innovative educators of 60 countries took part in the recently held ITLA conference organised by Microsoft in Helsinki, Finland. 22 teachers out of the 80 got this honour of being innovative educators.
Earlier in February 2007 Umesh was declared ITLA India winner at Cambodia, where 10 participants of each 22 countries of Asia Pacific Region took part. Umesh has done an extensive work in ‘Periodic Table’ that has made Inorganic chemistry very much student friendly. The work is now available in the form of CD. Student can explore the detail of each element and their related things.
The Science and Maths teacher in Almora, Umesh has received training under Project Shiksha of Microsoft. He has written two books for school students. Although he had a friendship with the computers much earlier, since the time when he brought one for him while scribing the books, but the actual realisation of the power of computer came only while undergoing the Project Shiksha training. The priority then became to make learning more exciting with the use of computer.
Umesh started creating lesson plans and CBTs with an attempt to make teaching-learning process more interesting and effective. He made a number of presentations on different topics, out of which, two keep special importance. The first one was on how to multiply, created for the students of class 8 and includes a number of innovative techniques to simplify the multiplication process.
The second and the other important innovation of Umesh for the classroom teaching and learning relates to the periodic table, the critical part of the subject Chemistry. Umesh’s work on periodic table was done using FrontPage, with every element having a link describing where it is found, its properties, its uses, etc. It also covers interesting facts about the history of the periodic table and many important manufacturing processes for chemicals. This exploratory tool on periodic table has made learning Chemistry both interesting and exciting for the students.
The work on periodic table is now used as a state resource by the education department and is being replicated as a teaching aid across schools. with this degree need not clear the foundation course to enter a foreign university.
Digital Library and e-Learning Initiative at NIT Silchar
National Institute of Technology, Silchar, Assam has successfully completed the digital library and virtual classroom project sponsored by Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. Under the Digital Library project, the Library will digitalise old and rare books, manuscripts and documents. 300 e-Books have already been put in the digital library server for the access of the student in the campus LAN. Under this project library has scanned the photographs of the institute and its programs and has created a digital photo gallery.
Kishor Chandra Satpathy, Librarian and Coordinator of Continuing Education Cell, coordinated this project and has also implemented the e-Learning solution in the Institute. The resources are available in the Campus LAN for users at http://dlib.nits.ac.in & http://elearning.nits.ac.in.
NIT Silchar Library is the first Library in the North Eastern region to have a full-fledged digital library portal. The library also is in the process to implement the RFID technology for security purpose.