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President launches Amrita’s A-VIEW on Aakash Tablet 11 November, 2012

President launches Amrita’s A-VIEW on Aakash Tablet President launches Amrita’s A-VIEW on Aakash Tablet

Hon'ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee launched the latest version of Amrita University’s E-Learning platform A-VIEW 3.0 (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World) on the Aakash 2 tablet.

The President clicked on the Aakash 2 tablet and the A-VIEW Server with 1 Gbps link was unveiled and dedicated for the nation. Any institution of higher education can now use A-VIEW free of charge (www.aview.in) with this server.

Shri N.K. Sinha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of HRD, demonstrated the A-VIEW software running on the Aakash 2 tablet. The images of the President and others appeared live on the Aakash 2 tablet which was held by participants at remote locations.

This mega-event was held on 11th November 2012 at 11: 30 am at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi in the presence of Dr. Karan Singh, India's representative to UNESCO; the Union Minister for HRD, Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju, Ministers of State for HRD, Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Shri Jitin Prasada, and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

More than 14,000 teachers and students across 240 remote centers in India attended this event live. They are currently attending a national workshop about Aakash 2 using the A-VIEW software platform. Live teaching was demonstrated, and participants at a few remote centers showed their new Aakash tablets.

Prof. Kamal Bijlani talking to news reporters on the occassion of the launch of A-VIEW 3.0
Prof. Kamal Bijlani addressing the reporters in the press conference at New Delhi

The President and the Ministers agreed that technology enhanced learning was necessary for India, and these novel initiatives in Higher Education will be useful for Nation Building. For example, technology and methodology for training large numbers in higher education can also be used in skill training.

Prof. Kamal Bijlani, Director, Amrita E-Learning Research Lab said that A-VIEW 3.0, the latest version, allows sharing of multimedia like 2d and 3d. A-VIEW comes packed with various unique knowledge sharing modules, high performance, better reliability, and features to handle huge classes easily. "A-VIEW addresses the most critical issue of India's Education today: Millions of eager students wanting to learn but who are not fortunate enough to have well-qualified teachers."

A-VIEW is a collaborative project under “Talk to a Teacher” by IIT-Bombay and Amrita University; which is supported by National Mission on Education through ICT (NME-ICT), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Earlier in June 2012, A-VIEW was used by IIT Bombay to train 10,000 teachers online at different geographical locations, which is the biggest online program undertaken in India, and probably across the globe. A-VIEW is currently being used by over 350 Universities and over 1000 colleges, and is provided free of charge for higher education.

Huge Online Workshops (10,000 teachers or more) are being conducted for the first time (in the world) by IIT Bombay using the A-VIEW software platform. A-VIEW is a video conferencing E-Learning platform that has been created by Amrita University in India during the last several years. For the huge workshops, methodology and coordination is done by IIT-Bombay, and A-VIEW technology is provided by Amrita. This partnership has been ongoing for several years.