Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 27:
A day-long workshop on “Technology Enabled Education in Odisha” was held today with support of iScholar Education – a Bangalore based Technology Education– in association with KMBB College of Engineering and Technology and HDF School of Management.
The workshop was inaugurated by Minister for School and Mass Education Debi Prasad Mishra and Minister of Technical Education Sanjay Kumar Das Burma, addressed by Editor – Sambad and founder of KMBB College of Engineering and Chairman of HDF Trust Soumya Ranjan Patnaik.
iScholar Education Services Private Limited was established with the mission to create a knowledge grid involving the best teachers, using the best available methods to impart high quality education whenever or wherever it is demanded, with the help of the latest innovations in the field of internet related technology.
The founders were inspired by what the erstwhile president of India, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, had said to describe education in the India of his dreams. He had dreamt of bringing highly skilled teachers and eager students from different locations far apart from each other together on an internet based platform that can nullify the geographical distance separating each from the other in a cost-effective manner.
To realize this vision, iScholar has introduced a cloud server-based interactive platform that allows the teacher and students any number of miles apart to see and hear each other in real-time using elementary internet access. Each session of teaching or training gets recorded and uploaded in the cloud server in its entirety, allowing the students or trainees to play it back as many times they want afterwards, to confirm and clarify.
However, the platform itself is not all that iScholar offers. It also provides the whole gamut of educational services, from classroom teaching to the content to be used in the classroom. It also offers training to professionals and executives. From the preparatory courses for a diversity of entrance examinations that students appear for after completing their PU studies, customized programs for developing English language skills, and a variety of training programmes in the field of IT (from basics to big data) as well as courses in retail and hospitality management.
The first organization of repute to tie up was Australian Retail College (March’13). NSDC itself endorsed iScholar for delivery of training programs before the organization celebrated its first anniversary. The services for schools in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were rolled out before 2014 came to a close. The latest addition to the list of organizations served is the Bharti Vidyapeeth University based in Pune.
The university is going to use the tele-education platform extensively to allow their best lecturers and professors based in one of their campuses to reach out to students in the other campuses. They have also subscribed to iScholar’s Campus to Corporate program, which helps develop what are absolute necessities for students about to join the work force: communication skills, business etiquette, leadership, team building skills and the trick to succeed with interviews.