Dr Haresh Tank, Director, Station-e Info Services Pvt Ltd, has taken an initiative with special focus on Skills Development. With a passion for teaching and contributing to the society, he has initiated several projects in the realm of Skills Development with Government and private companies
Please give us an overview of Digital Language Labs that are used in the institutes?
We have established Skills Development Centre – Digital Language Lab in various educational institutes including schools, colleges and even NIT. To cite a few relevant instances, we have established the Digital Language Labs at National Institute of Technology (Yupia), University of Kota (Rajasthan), Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar), C. U. Shah University (Surendranagar), The Islamia College of Science and Commerce (Srinagar), Govt. Degree College for Women (Anantnag), RaoLal Singh College of Education (Sidhrawali), M S Kakade College (Someshwarnagar), Maharaja LakshamanSen Memorial College (Sundernagar), Munshi Manubarwala Charitable Trust (Bharuch), P K Chaudhary Mahila Arts College (Gandhinagar), Gardi Vidyapith(Anandpar), M.P.E. Society’s Shree Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwar College of Arts, Science, Commerce, Business Administration & P. G. Studies (Honavar), Swami Ganga GiriJanta Girls College (Raekot), Ahir College (Rewari), Sister Nivedita Foundation (Rajkot), T.N.B. College (Bhagalpur), Arts College (Limkheda), Industrial Training Institute City Mahila (Jamnagar), ITI (Rajula), ITI (Keshod), Madresa-E-Mustafaiya (Tankaria).
Which is your top selling Digital Language Lab product?
Our Skills Development Centre – Digital Language Lab is a top selling product. It is the most sought after product because it is complete solution for Skills Development Centre – Digital Language Lab of varied clientele. One of its kind, Digital Language Lab is exclusively designed to change the education system while learning the soft skills and life skills.
Today, skills development has become an important part of education to create more job opportunities for the future professionals. Therefore, these modules on specific skills required for employability and effective workplace skills bridge the skills gap.
What is the price of your top selling product?
We have different models available. In terms of operations and scope, we have zip model and fully loaded model. In terms of seating capacity, we have a 24-seater, 32-seater and 48-seater lab models. Pricing would vary with each model.
What kind of systems are parts of the Digital Language Lab product package that get delivered to the institute for setting up a digital classroom?
We provide complete solutions in terms of hardware and course content required to effectively implement the skills development modules for a digital classroom. The console comes equipped with operating the software required to play the audio/ video files and run the learner-friendly exercises and activities of the courses.
Please tell us about the new Digital Language Labs that you are planning to develop in future?
We are planning to develop new Digital Language Labs powered by mobile technology to take it to the next level to what is referred as MALL (Mobile Assisted Language Learning). We would be keen to tap into the rich resources of Web 2.0 technologies to transcend to the next generation seamless ecosystem of learning.
What is the market size of the Digital Language Labs business in India?
The market size of the Digital Language Labs business is yet to be explored because educational institutes are gradually growing conscious of the need of technology-empowered modes of learning. Once the educational institutes are fully aware of the potential it has for their growth, the market is as big as the number of educational institutes in India. Each school and college is a potential client for Digital Language Labs business in India.
Digital Language Lab is a top selling product. It is the most sought after product because it is complete solution for Skills Development Centre – Digital Language Lab of varied clientele
What was your growth in 2014 and what is your target for 2015?
We saw significant growth in our business in 2014. We are aiming at 20-30% increase in our business by the end of next financial year.
What are the specific products you are offering under virtual laboratories? Please mention the technical features/USP of these products?
A) Courses Offered
- Communicative English
- Communicative French
- Vedic Mathematics
- Computing Skills
- Call Centre Training
- Resume Building
- Leadership Skills
- Goal Setting
- Activity-based Learning
- Learner-Centric Approach
- Advanced Technology
- Man-Machine Combination
- Innovative Training Methodology
Are Digital Language Labs more affordable than the traditional teaching tools? How has the system of Digital Labs impacted the pedagogy?
Digital Language Labs may not be affordable than the traditional teaching tools but they are more effective. Digital Language Labs have rendered pedagogy learner centric. It has allowed personalized experience of learning to learners and made it possible to track the growth of each learner through the high-tech tools Digital Language Labs offer.