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I. N. Y. Prasad in weekly interaction 02-September-2011

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Shri I. N. Y. Prasad, Sr. General Manager, BSNL, Hyderabad was the chief guest for this week's interaction using A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World) under MHRD's (Ministry of Human Resource Development) NME-ICT (Nation Mission on Education through Information through Communication Technology) mission. During the interaction with the officials of various Universities on 2nd September 2011 Shri Prasad had drawn attention to how universities and colleges will get internet connection under NME-ICT and NKN. He also explained how Universities will get access to national education initiatives such as NPTEL and A-VIEW.

More than 25 educational institutions participated in the weekly interaction. Among them Jawaharlal Nehru University, Punjab Technical University, Central University of Karnataka, Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar and Islamic University of Science & Technology, Jammu & Kashmir were the leading institutions that participated in the online interaction.

In Question and Answer session, Shri Prasad clarified the doubts raised by various Universities. He also advised them on how to rectify the various issues faced related to connectivity provided under the NME-ICT initiative and NKN. While answering to a question, Shri Prasad said that under NME-ICT mission, Universities and Colleges will get attractive package/ offers in internet connectivity.

KIMS University (Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences University), Maharashtra, one of the participants, said that the discussion through A-VIEW was beneficial. "Audio and Video clarity were really good. Shri Prasad's talk was enlightening and we are keen to attend the session next week also. We also appreciate A-VIEW team and BSNL officials for organizing the event and their outstanding service," KIMS University officials remarked.

Shri Kris Gopal, Associate Director, Amrita E-Learning Research Lab, answered to all queries raised by various Universities about A-VIEW through Power Point Presentations.

A-VIEW is an E-Learning platform, developed by Amrita University's E-Learning Research Lab, which is state-of-the-art software for distance education and collaboration. It is available for free to all the educational institutes across India, and can be downloaded from website address, www.aview.in (or send an email to aview@amrita.edu)