ICT enabled Learning Solutions by NIIT received commendation at World Education Awards 2011 – India's premier awards for global initiatives and excellence in field of education, at a ceremony held on July 14, 2011 in New Delhi. The event brought together national and international government organisations, private enterprises, civil society and developmental organizations in India and abroad, who have transformed educational practices into a sustainable social enterprise through innovation and leadership.
NIIT's unique skills development project in KwaZulu Natal (KZN), Republic of South Africa, was recognised as the 'Best Vocational and Skills Initiative of the Year' in the Government Initiatives segment. NIIT NGuru's Mobile Science Lab, an innovative learning solution which integrates IT-led Science Lab with classrooms, received the 'Best Innovation in Science Education of the Year' award. NIIT Imperia, Center for Advanced Learning, was recognised for providing the 'Best Training to Working Professionals'.
Commenting on the achievement, P Rajendran, COO, NIIT said “These awards are recognition of NIIT's commitment towards creating and delivering innovative learning solutions which make a powerful impact on the society. Governments, customers and students have experienced the zeal at NIIT to innovate for a better tomorrow. ”
NIIT collaborated with the provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa, to empower the youth by launching an ICT skill development project in the region. NIIT set up learning centres of excellence in the region, using Global Education Delivery model with best practices as case studies. The programme also has the unique feature of providing students Industry Internship in India and Africa, to give them hands-on industry experience. This program shall directly impact 10,000 youth learners over five years, with select students sent to India for Internship.
NIIT NGuru's Mobile Science Lab is a portable laboratory that revolutionizes the way Science is taught and learnt. The Lab makes teaching and learning of Science interactive, interesting and enjoyable, by fostering higher order thinking skills like question posing, inquiry, scientific thinking in students and also enhances their confidence.
Mobile Science Lab is also equipped with all standard applications such as internet access, word processing, spreadsheets and e-mail to help students tabulate, record and share their observations during an experiment. The World Education Awards felicitate and acknowledge unique and innovative initiatives in the field of education globally.