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Elets eUttarakhand summit '15 - Dr. Durgesh Pant, Director, Usac, Uttarakhand

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Elets eUttarakhand summit '15 - Dr. Durgesh Pant, Director, Usac, Uttarakhand

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Elets eUttarakhand summit '15 - Dr. Durgesh Pant, Director, Usac, Uttarakhand

  1. 1. (Disruptive Innovation) Re-scripting Education in Difficult Geography (Turning adversity in difficult geography into a digital opportunity) Prof. Durgesh Pant Director Uttarakhand Space Application Centre
  2. 2. Difficult geography Terrains of difficult geographies are characterized by unequal contours, tough elevations and steep & uneven landscape
  3. 3. Challenges of difficult geographies Survival in difficult geographies is tough due to:  Extreme dependence on nature  Physical limitations on resource availability  Hostile weather and climatic conditions  Tough sustenance and livelihood conditions  Insufficient income & employment opportunities
  4. 4. Difficult geographies result in  Digital Divide: Haves/have-nots; digital natives/immigrants  Poor Service delivery  Poor Reach  Poor Information Sharing  Higher Costs Additionally, difficult geographies face frequent disasters
  5. 5. Natural disasters are the primary problem
  6. 6. Post disasters, reconstruction affords great opportunities Education is the BEST Reconstructor
  7. 7. Education holds the key to  Checking migration  Accentuating rehabilitation  Countering traumatic experiences  Combating difficulties in survival  Strengthening resilience  Preparing future roadmap
  8. 8. Education in the digital era
  9. 9.  Bringing everyone in the mainstream: Pervasive  Connecting with the last mile learner: Access  Covering all vocations & professions: Inclusive  Integrating rural segment with the global milieu: v-Governance  Empowering through bridging the informatics divide: Equity Re-scripting through digital intervention
  10. 10. Technological upsurge
  11. 11. We are amidst a huge device explosion/revolution Shrinking machines with increasing power We are amidst a huge device explosion/revolution Shrinking machines with increasing power • Bring your own device (BYOD) • Handheld devices • PDA • Tablets • Raspberry pi • Faster networks • Wireless, mobile technologies • Geo-Informatics • Mobile apps and so on………….
  12. 12. Tools for delivering education
  13. 13. Without Grid
  14. 14. Technology Universities/Colleges Schools/Other Institutions
  15. 15. Technology enabled education: abstract model Technology Enabled Education A-VIEW
  16. 16. Technology enabled education: physical schema Technology Enabled Education A-VIEW
  17. 17. Associative, Inclusive ITAssociative, Inclusive IT An associative informatics based system could address the technological demand-supply asymmetry, therefore fulfilling the technological aspirations and expectations of the citizens. In line with the Hon’ble Chief Minister’s observation this morning In line with the Hon’ble Chief Minister’s observation this morning
  18. 18. Through combined effort, the doves fly away with the net Associative Informatics works on similar lines, wherein people use IT services to break the barriers of inertia and unawareness. The Wise Doves’ approachThe Wise Doves’ approach
  19. 19. First satellite-based students’ conference First satellite-based students’ conference Venue: EduSat Network Centre of Uttarakhand Open University, Dehradun Topic: Role of Satellite and Information Communication Technologies in Higher Education in Uttarakhand Participating colleges: Govt. P. G. Colleges at Berinag; Augustmuni; Chaubattakhal; Dwarahat; Gopeshwar; Choukhutiya; Doiwala and MBPG College, Haldwani etc.
  20. 20. Images from the satellite-based conference
  21. 21.  Maintainability/Upgradation  Establishing new SITs  Weather conditions  User interface issues  Tech personnel training issues  Time bound communication Existing gapsExisting gaps HenceHence Innovative solutions such as A-VIEW etc.
  22. 22. A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-learning World) A-VIEW requirements: Frugal innovation  Computer system with speakers  Projector  Dongle/Internet line (1 to 2 Mbps)  A-VIEW software  The last mile learner can benefit tremendously
  23. 23. Recently a MOOC on ‘Community Radio Technology’ has been designed at UOU MOOC on Community RadioMOOC on Community Radio
  24. 24. Power of geospatialPower of geospatial Mobile + GISMobile + GIS
  25. 25. School mapping (Beta Version ready now) About 32000 schools mapped Incorporation of video streaming capability: An innovation
  26. 26. ‘TAKE ACTION’ to replace ‘SHOULD’‘TAKE ACTION’ to replace ‘SHOULD’ Customizing models to ensure optimum benefits Customizing models to ensure optimum benefits Approach needs to shift from ‘Exclusive’ to ‘Inclusive’ Approach needs to shift from ‘Exclusive’ to ‘Inclusive’ Need of the hour
  27. 27. ‘Hole in the wall’ has become passe! - Dr. Sugata Mitra, Chief Scientist at NIIT, 1982 Its time to remove the wall!!Its time to remove the wall!! Samalta
  28. 28. Need of an onsite technology resource person Need of an onsite technology resource person • E-learning available • End user aware •But Technology glitch deprives them of e benefits •Hence Vertical Technical Resource Person! Can teacher fill the gap ?

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