HRD Minister launches A-VIEW for CBSE Schools 23 February, 2014
On Sunday morning, February 23rd, 2014, the Honourable Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr. Pallam Raju inaugurated the Center of Excellence for Teachers (COEFT) in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh.
Minister Pallam Raju said the center would function under the supervision of central board of secondary education (CBSE) and provide training facility using the A-VIEW platform. Demonstrating the use of A-VIEW platform, Minister Pallam Raju from Kakinada interacted online with CBSE Director Dr. Sadhana Parashar at the center in Gurgaon.
The A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World) platform is an online easy-to-use E-Learning tool developed by Amrita University and funded by the Ministry of HRD. A-VIEW is especially designed for interactive video conferencing and sharing of content and assessment materials in online teaching and training. It is currently deployed at over 3500 colleges and 450 universities all over India.
Shri R. Bhattacharya, Secretary, Department of Schools, Ministry of HRD, stressed the need for improving the quality of education. He said that the facility is also provided for the teachers to clarify their doubts after completion of their training by consulting any of the COEFT centers.
Shri Vineet Joshi, Chairman, CBSE schools, explained how the training process would be taking place. For a particular subject or course, one expert teacher from the Center of Excellence would provide online training using A-VIEW to a large number of teachers in many other centers and schools. Each course is recorded, and teachers can ask doubts during the online class.
The A-VIEW platform (developed by Amrita University) is provided free and would be used by an increasingly large number of teachers in schools all over India.
In the afternoon, sessions using A-VIEW were conducted live from the Kakinada Center of Excellence to several schools. Mrs. Usha (Meridian Group of Schools) and Mrs. Sarita Manuja, Director CAER (Center of Assesment and Evaluation and Research) were the first expert trainers of this novel initiative.