The Cloud is enabling Indian educational institutes to afford state-of-the-art technology:
Schools of technical education and engineering have played a significant role in the development of
India as an IT outsourcing hub. To provide the students with upgraded skills and knowledge, schools
need to be equipped with the latest software and hardware systems, which is an expensive and
complex for proposition for most Indian educational institutions. The Cloud could provide schools and
universities with a cost effective solution that would enable them to afford latest technology at a lower
Case Example 08 - Engineering school in India adopts the Cloud for higher efficiencies
Manjrasoft’s Aneka is market oriented Cloud development and management platform with rapid
application development and workload distribution capabilities. MSRIT, a Bangalore based
engineering university installed Aneka on all the systems in its existing lab.
Students use Aneka to:
Build distributed applications and learn implementing on this grid network
Learn and implement the multiple programming models available in Aneka
? and mount their distributed applications on in-house grid and clouds
MSRIT was able to:
? a grid network on its existing infrastructure using Aneka in a cost effective manner
? industry needs by using state-of-the-art technology in its institutions
The Cloud is expected to give a boost to online tutoring:
Online tutoring is a thriving business in India. In small Indian towns such as Kasargod in the south and
Faridkot in the north where career choices are limited, these jobs have become an important new
source of income20.
At peak times, online tutoring vendors like TutorVista’s teachers coach 2,500 American students in oneto-one sessions. There are still numerous technological challenges that confront these vendors
regularly. With the advent of the Cloud these technical challenges would be passed on to Cloud service
The Cloud, through the use of telecommunications infrastructure, could help increase literacy
rates in remote areas:
Lack of infrastructure has been a major barrier in leveraging the advantage of ICT in rural education.
Setting up the infrastructure to support technology is both time consuming and requires significant
upfront investment from the government.
Even though infrastructural facilities have not yet reached remote areas in India, television and mobile
telecommunication have better penetration rates. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of
India (TRAI), there are over a 100 million rural mobile subscribers in India21. Solutions like VLE and
mobile education can be provided through the use of the Cloud model as it has low upfront costs and
the ability to support high volumes, which is well suited for supporting India’s population. The Indian
government could leverage the penetration of mobile communication and cable television along with
benefits of Cloud services to take educational facilities to the remotest areas of the country.