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News | Corporate Inaugural Dell YouthConnect grants awarded to organisations in India, Brazil and Mexico

Dell has awarded its first Dell YouthConnect grants, totaling more than US $ 2.7 million, to 11 organisations in Brazil, India, and Mexico. The grants support technology education for youth 17 years old and younger, and promote math, science and technology-skills development in emerging countries. Together with the grant recipients, Dell assessed their technology and infrastructure needs and awarded cash and in-kind grants in three categories: Strategic partnership grants of up to US $ 500,000 to support one-year pilot programmes; Seed funding grants of up to US $ 100,000 to support organisations and programmes that do not yet have the capacity for strategic partnership grants; and Employee-directed giving grants of US $ 50,000 or less to support organisations with existing, meaningful involvement and support from Dell employees.

Indian students to have access to international degree programmes through LearnHub. com

In a first of its kind initiative, LearnHub. com, the social learning network run by Canadian company Savvica, will now allow Indian students to apply directly to over 19 universities and colleges in the USA, Canada and UK for over 700 high quality degree programmes from their website. ‘Our aim is to empower Indian students and give them easy access to information on pursuing their higher studies in overseas college and universities and the option to directly apply to these institutes and degree of their choice online from our website,’ said Malgosia Green, CEO, LearnHub.com. Among the 19 universities and colleges who have partnered with LearnHub.com to gain access to its broad and growing membership of motivated Indian students are University of Kentucky (USA), University of Stirling (UK), New England Institute of Technology (USA), University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point (USA), University of New Brunswick (Canada), and many more highly regarded research and career/technical institutions from across the USA, UK, and Canada.

Infosys institutes ‘Infosys India Prize’ in five categories

Infosys Technologies Ltd. has set up an ‘Infosys Science Foundation’, a not-for-profit trust to promote research in sciences in India. Under the aegis of the foundation, Infosys will honour outstanding contributions and achievements by Indians across various sciences. The annual award for each category is INR 50 lakh. The Infosys Science Foundation will be funded by a corpus of INR 21.5 crore contributed by Infosys executive board members and an annual grant from Infosys Technologies Ltd. The ‘Infosys Prize’ categories include: Physical Sciences – Physics and Chemistry; Mathematical Sciences – Mathematics and Statistics; Engineering Sciences – All branches of Engineering; Life Sciences – Biology and Medicine; Social Sciences and Economics – Economics, History, Sociology, Political Sciences and other Social Sciences.

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Government and Intel collaborate to promote IT education in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Education has tied up with Intel to present 20 schools in the country with 425 units of Intel-powered Classmate PCs. This is as part of an innovative scheme taken by the Ministry to foster IT education in the island following the government’s recent announcement that 2009 would be the Year of English and Information Communication Technology (ICT). On the occasion, Education Minister Susil Premajayantha said, ‘The scheme offers school communities a localised electronic curriculum, internet accessibility, educational information sharing and promotion of use of emails as mode of effective communication.’ He added

that many schemes are underway to better promote ICT education, like 1000 additional Computer Learning Centres, 800 schools with broadband connectivity under SchoolNet, relaunch of Teacher PC programme, Wi-Max and Wi-Fi wireless technologies with laptops for deserving schools.

Educomp Solutions to set up budget schools

Educomp Solutions is planning to set up budget schools, to be called the Vidya Prabhat schools, in small towns and rural areas across the country. The firm said it will set up five such schools by July 2009, and increase the number to 100 in the next 2-3 years. The schools will charge students Rs 700 per month. The first schools will come up at Bazpur, Gadarpur, Kashipur and Bahl Parav in Uttarakhand. Educomp will invest close to INR 70 lakh per school and expects each school to enroll about 700 students. The schools will focus on providing affordable conventional education, using latest educational methods, aided by technology, as well as vocational training. ‘There is a shortage of over two lakh schools in the country, especially in small towns and rural areas. Also, most of the tier 3 cities do not have access to schools that offer quality education, usually available in large towns and metros. We hope to fill this gap,’ Educomp Solutions CEO Shantanu Prakash said.

Microsoft India introduces host of customised Language Computing Solutions

As part of its ongoing efforts towards overcoming the language barrier to computing, Microsoft India has introduced a host of custom made solutions for the Indian market. The solutions and tools include: Language Interface Packs (LIPs) in 12 Indian languages – Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu - for MS Office and Windows. A total of 45 additional soft (virtual)

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Skills Connect - from policy to practice : March 2009 Issue  

[www.digitallearning.in] With the aim of promoting and aiding the use of ICT in education, Digital Learning education magazine focuses on th...

Skills Connect - from policy to practice : March 2009 Issue  

[www.digitallearning.in] With the aim of promoting and aiding the use of ICT in education, Digital Learning education magazine focuses on th...

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