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Biztech Oct 10, 2011

Karnataka, Cisco Partner For Remote Supplementary Education

By Staff

Cisco has announced that it will enable the provision of remote supplementary education to government schools using the Cisco Education Enabled Development (CEED) platform under its Inclusive Growth initiative. The pilot will deploy specialised remote supplementary teaching for five government schools in Hoskote Taluk, Bangalore Rural District in the state of Karnataka. To enable implementation of this pilot, the government of Karnataka has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Cisco.

The project will be on a public-private partnership model where Cisco will deploy its solution and maintain it as a service that includes remote access and support. The schools that are part of the pilot are Kumbalahalli GHPS, Sulibele GMPS, Bendiganahalli GHPS, Muthasandra GHPS and Devangundi GHPS. The government of Karnataka will provide the basic school infrastructure.

We are happy that Cisco's innovative technology will help the government of Karnataka to achieve its goal of making education accessible to everyone, and fulfil the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan's vision of education for all. Quality education will not only help our students learn better but also empower them to build a better future for themselves and the nation. Districts like Hoskote are challenged by the lack of teachers, and technology is helping us address this. I am confident that our collaborative efforts today will bear the desired results of bringing prosperity and bridging the gap between urban and rural areas," said B.N. Bache Gowda, Labour Minister, government of Karnataka.

Using the CEED platform, more than 750 students from classes five to eight in these five schools will receive supplementary teaching in English, mathematics, science and social sciences. Children's Lovecastles Trust will deliver high-quality supplementary courses remotely through the CEED platform to students of class five to eight in these schools.

More than a thousand students in Raichur and Shimoga have already benefited from the remote education enabled by the CEED platform. The CEED platform facilitates a virtual classroom scenario where qualified teachers impart dynamic, interactive learning to students located several kilometres away. This is part of the solution offerings from Cisco Inclusive Growth, which provides technology in an affordable and consumable form. The solutions use network collaboration tools delivered over video out of a highly secure cloud. Cisco's cloud technology and architecture is the ideal vehicle to achieve inclusive growth.

"Cisco Inclusive Growth works closely with state governments to facilitate a more effective and accessible rural education system. We are happy to work with the government of Karnataka in providing remote supplementary education. Our technology scales well and not only allows remote education of children but facilitates teacher training as well. Today, the biggest hurdle to accelerate the implementation of our vision to enable education for all is the paucity of trained, qualified teachers. Using the CEED platform, it is possible to impart training to school teachers as well. We envision our solutions will exponentially enhance the quality of education imparted in government schools. It gives me great satisfaction to embark upon this new project as we surge ahead with our goal towards using technology as the enabler in ensuring inclusive growth," said Aravind Sitaraman, President, Inclusive Growth, Cisco.

by Staff

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