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News | Corporate keyboards, which are free to download, are also available in these 12 languages. Windows Live will also be available in seven Indian languages. In Microsoft’s most significant initiative to reach out to Indic developers, the Captions Language Interface Pack (or CLIP) has been launched for Hindi, Malayalam, Oriya, and Tamil. This is the first time Microsoft has released a tool specifically to help students and beginner developers in India use the product in their own language.

BAF Award 2009

Learning solutions provider, Tata Interactive Systems’ 3D animation film titled ‘Special Deeds for Special Needs’ has won the top spot in the ‘Best Animated Film on Social Welfare’ category at the FICCI Best Animated Frames Awards 2009. The animation film was conceptualised and created in-house by TIS to be showcased at their corporate sustainability event - The Tata Interactive Learning Disability Forum (TLDF) in 2008. The recently set up animation division of TIS created the 3D animation for this award winning film. J C Mistry, Head - Corporate Sustainability at TIS said, ‘We are honoured to receive this award in the social welfare category. Such awards are vital channels for sensitizing corporates about their roles as good citizens and this win has encouraged us to raise our benchmarks in CSR.’

Dialog Enterprise to connect 350 Sri Lankan schools with Wimax

Dialog Enterprise, an integrated business division of Dialog Telekom PLC, will break new ground by providing internet connectivity to 350 schools across Sri Lanka using revolutionary 4th generation Wimax technology. Under this 90-day project, schools in far off locations such as Medawachchiya, Poonduluoya and Sewanagala will enjoy internet connectivity and bring them on par with the benefits reaped by their urban counterparts. The 350 schools, whose primary medium of instruction are Sinhala and Tamil, are spread across all districts of the country, excepting the North. CEO, Dialog Fixed Telephony and Broadband Services, Kavan Ratnayaka said, ‘This is yet another extension of Dialog’s greater vision to enrich Sri Lankan lives with multi-sensory connectivity. We are indeed proud and happy to partner with the Ministry of Education and contribute to its laudable effort to take the benefits of internet connectivity to all schools in Sri Lanka.’

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Convergys aids rural women in India with mobile computer lab

Convergys Corporation, a company providing customer care, human resources and billing services, is collaborating with ngo MASUM (Mahila Sarvangen Utkarash Mandal) to fund a mobile computer lab that will provide vocational computer training programme for the women of Mavadi and Naigon villages of Maharashtra. ‘Through this initiative, we hope to bridge the digital divide in a small way. Volunteer work also provides a unique learning experience for our employees,’ said Deepak Mathur, director and site leader of Convergys’ operations in Pune. Apart from training, the programme also reaches out to the school children of Naigaon and Pisarve villages to familiarise them with computer-based education and help them secure direct employment opportunities in the future. The collaboration entails Convergys taking charge of funding the mobile outfit and teaching staff, while MASUM ensures day-today delivery of training.

Learning Hour launches free helpline for exam-stressed students MAIT launches ‘Digital Inclusion’ programme in partnership with Microsoft MAIT, the apex body representing India’s IT hardware, training and R andD services sectors, has launched a unique corporate social responsibility campaign titled ‘Digital Inclusion - IT Adoption for Growth and Employability’ by tying up with its member companies to facilitate access to computers and software to the digitally deprived with an aim to enable them to develop skills in IT and become employable.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, MAIT has partnered with Microsoft to donate computers and software to NGOs, who are engaged in taking IT education to the rural/poor masses. Commenting on this unique initiate, MAIT Executive Director, Vinnie Mehta said: ‘While IT has become an integral part of our life, its penetration remains confined to the urban areas alone. We hope that through this initiative we will be able to make available the hardware at no or marginal cost to the deserving.’

Learning Hour, which is into school tutoring, has launched a free helpline which will provide stress counselling to students and also help them solve any academic problems and doubts they may have before their board exams which starts from March 2, 2009.

The tutors at Learning Hour have been given special training to instil a high degree of confidence in the student about their ability to perform well in board exams. The tutors are available on phone, chat and also in Learning Hour’s virtual, online classrooms to help students with their problems. These tutors will also be available across all Learning Hour tutoring centres for students to visit and ask their problems. <<

March 2009 |

Skills Connect - from policy to practice : March 2009 Issue  

[] 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  

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