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Speaking At South Asia Summit Education Awards 2014

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South Asia Summit Education Award 2014 is a platform which identifies potential of innovation in education industry, majorly in 8 countries, viz. India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. It is considered to be a great platform for developing awareness about how a good quality education can contribute in growth of an individual and any industry collectively. The winner of this award is judged by a panel of international grand jury and winner are supposed to showcase their innovation on an international platform.

Pradeep Chopra, CEO & Co-Founder, Digital Vidya also shared some insights on various ICT models for improving quality education in the panel discussion. The other panelists of this discussion were Alok Sinha (President & Head, Global Applications & Engineering Services and Country Manager – India, Xchanging); Shweta Khurana (Head K-12, Corporate Affairs Group, Intel South Asia); Ravi Bhattarai (Founder & CEO, Axon System, Nepal); Dr. V. Balasubramanyam (Domain Consultant, Medical & Healthcare e-learning & Professor, Dept. of Anatomy, Member, Medical Education Dept); and Pradeep Gupta (Head of Business Development and Alliances, Avagmah).

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Dr Bala, the chairperson for the session started by sharing his experience of making eLearning work in Medical domain since last 29 years. His story about leveraging basic equipments to develop eLearning programs for Medical & Healthcare industry was truly inspiring.

Dr Bala’s session was followed by Mr Alok Sinha sharing their case study of Ministry of Education, Malaysia. He shared that a major challenge for Ministry of Education, Malaysia (MoE) was to provide world class education to 5.5 million children studying in 10,000 schools which was spread over 3,29,847 square kilometers. Therefore, MoE took an initiative of bringing country’s teachers, parents and students together with the first nation-wide deployment of schools in the cloud. Xchanging was then given a task for the same, resultant of which a project named 1BestariNet (in Malay, bestari means smart) was brought together to create world’s first nation-wide cloud based learning platform over 4G, connecting 5.5 million students, 10,000 schools, 500,000 teachers and 4.5 million parents.

Alok’s session was followed by Pradeep Gupta sharing his point of views and experience about evolution of eLearning scenario including success & challenges of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course). He also shared how Avagmah is helping institutions expand their reach by taking them online.

Shweta from Intel presented how today’s generation and ecosystem of connected world is going to determine the way education is going to deliver in the future. The following picture truly captured the essence of her presentation:


Ravi then started his session by stressing on the importance of respecting the copyrights of eLearning solutions and how damaging is the act of using pirated softwares at academic institutions.

Pradeep shared his journey of building 2 ventures (Whizlabs Software in 2000 & Digital Vidya in 2009) in education space and inspired the audience about leveraging Digital Marketing for both the ventures. He also shared how by shifting to instructor-led, online courses at Digital Vidya, their team is able to create a globally scalable platform to help others learn & leverage Digital Marketing. According to him, while eLearning was just a buzzword in early 2000s, today’s the real time for it. He also highlighted the key reasons for current challenge in terms of less than 10% participation completion faced by MOOCs:

  1. Lack of discipline at student’s end to attend self-study programs
  2. Free courses don’t get the respect as student’s have nothing at stake

Dr Bala closed the session by acknowledging everyone and by mention why the last man always is most important, pointing to Pradeep’s experience in leveraging Digital Marketing for creating global brands in education space. While it was a post lunch panel, the audience remained active throughout the session and it was concluded by very engaging Q & A, which continued during Tea Break post this panel.

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