Chhattisgarh Govt’s ‘Tablet’ for edu content a rich experience
In 2012 when Chief Minister Raman Singh was curious to know what a bunch of IIT students from insurgency ridden pockets of Chhattisgarh would prefer as a tool to enrich their knowledge, he was rather pleasantly surprised.
The enormous feedback he got on the application side of educational content changed the way the students looked at using Apps to access what they think could keep them ahead of others in the race for amassing knowledge capital in the years to come.
It is then the idea for distribution of a global quality Tablet to the final year Engineering students was sown by the Chhattisgarh Government. The Tablets are now being distributed to the students of many other courses besides Engineering across the State.
Singh wanted that as students graduate out of colleges, each one of them must have a globally certified and tested Tablet to enrich their knowledge before they step out in the professional world.
The result? A feature-rich 1.7 GHz processing capacity Tablet manufactured by Japanese conglomerate Ricoh was chosen as a supplier for making available the devices based on the Android’s advanced Jellybean- 4.1.1 operating system (OS).
The interesting part of the Tablet story is that it’s got loads of information useful for the students of many streams to access content they would need to use not just to gather knowledge but also to read subject-specific content related to their courses using the cloud platform.
Another significant feature of content accessibly through cloud is that the Chhattisgarh Government’s server at the State Data Centre would be logging every data concerning what is being downloaded by the students in the cloud platform to measure what type of content is being accessed and from which region of the State.
‘Chhattisgarh is the first State to distribute Tablets in the country. The Government would distribute Tablets to students in nearly 450 colleges. The lowest rate for the 9.7 inch screen Tablet is Rs 6699, Secretary, Energy, Information Technology and Public Relations Aman Kumar Singh informed The Pioneer.
He said that the digital content would be available through cloud to the students which would be distributed to Arts, Science, Commerce, Pharmacy, Law, MBA, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Journalism and Engineering students.
‘The cloud content for the Tablet being distributed is powered by the globally recognised Novatium platform,’ informed CEO, Chhattisgarh Infotech and Biotech Promotion Society (CHiPS) A M Parial.
The online content being made available for Engineering students are from the software ‘Brihaspati’ developed by IIT Kanpur students which makes it possible to capture lecture and access any content which a student would require for his studies, he said.
An entire library of content is now available through the Tablet on varied subjects through the ‘open source’ platform , Parial said.
‘All leading publishing houses including some prominent ones abroad want to collaborate with CHiPS now to supply their content for the cloud platform for free’ , he added.
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