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Improve the quality of teachers: Dr. Deepak Phatak 08-Sep-2011


Dr. Deepak Phatak of IIT-Bombay, the champion of several national-level online workshops, said that the Ministry of Human Resource Development's (MHRD) NME-ICT mission played a pivotal role in realizing his dream - empower thousands of college teachers in core engineering courses. He was addressing the participants in weekly interaction through A-VIEW, envisaged by MHRD as part of NME-ICT project on September 8, 2011, from IIT-Bombay premises.

On the occasion, Dr. Phatak spoke on National Teacher Empowerment Program and how other Universities can conduct such online programs successfully. During his speech, he stressed that all educational institutions in the country should try to improve the quality of teachers and make higher education accessible to everyone.

More than 30 educational institutions including BPS Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Haryana, KIIT University (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology), Bhubaneswar, Periyar Maniammai University, Tamil Nadu, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad and Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, ISM (Indian School of Mines)

Dhanbad, Kachchh University (Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Kachchh), Gujarat and Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum participated in the online interaction.

In Question and Answer session, numerous universities raised their questions using Handraise feature in A-VIEW to notify the speaker that they have a question. Dr. Phatak, using Push-to-Talk feature enabled in A-VIEW, clarified all the doubts. Push-to-talk feature helps to eliminate audio and echo issues.

"We are very much impressed about this educational initiative. We will definitely participate in the coming workshops to support MHRD's mission in shaping dream of this country," stated Dr. Srikant Das of KIIT University, Bhubaneswar.

Shri Ramesh Guntha, Development Manager, E-Learning Research Lab welcomed the gathering and gave a brief introduction about A-VIEW.

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.