Scaling ICT Competencies : B Gopala Krishnan, HCL

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Please highlight the key focus of HCL`s engagement with education and training? How has the journey been so far?

HCL gives the entire ecosystem for education. We are primarily in schools, colleges, university education and research. Our focus on school education has been on ICT/Computer Aided Learning (CAL) for government schools and the `HCL Digischool` offering for private schools.

Do you feel the global recession in the financial markets will impact spending on ICT support to the education sector?

The global slowdown might affect the government spending on the education sector.

Please take us through the idea and goals behind K-12 academy? How far has this experiment been successful in bridging the gap between the demand and supply of industry-ready ICT professionals?

HCL Digischool offering is for K-12 education. We are creating a better environment for computer aided teaching and learning. Our plans are to create maximum ICT competent teachers so that the gap in the demand and supply of industry-ready ICT professionals is filled properly. There is always a consistent demand for ICT professionals.

How is the curriculum decided? Do other companies play a role in informing the skills needed for the technical manpower?

Curriculum is based on the standards of the education and companies are really involved in the national curriculum designs. We should have a clear mission towards global education and knowledge education.

In your opinion, how can ICT be taken at the very village level?

Rural ICT practices are very well structured. The real challenges like connectivity, power and skilled manpower, which need to be addressed. Many companies are concentrating on rural education as part of their CSR initiatives while the government focus is heavy in this area. 

HCL, India`s leading IT solutions, System Integration and Services Company, is at the forefront of revolutionising the education process in India. In this effort, it now offers HCL Digischool a smart class solution from HCL.

HCL digischool offers multimedia class rooms equipped with hardware like interactive white board, multimedia projectors, servers and customized digital multimedia content that suits school`s specific teaching needs. 

HCL digischool is an instructor led learning which will supplement the teachers for an active learning environment and creating a ambience for the student for active learning.

HCL Infosystems has forayed into the educational segment by providing end to end single window solution  for different requirements like, Multimedia  content creation, ICT, CAL, Teachers  Training, Facilitation for leading certification, School Role out, Campus Network, ADMS, University Management solutions, E-learning, distance learning solution, library management, campus management, Interactive language Lab of teaching different  languages ,etc.

In Digischool offering, HCL offers following solutions:

  1. Computer Aided Learning

  2. ICT Learning

  3. School Management software

  4. Automatic Vehicle tracking systems for school buses and Vans. 

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