Education to home becomes a reality

By : |September 8, 1999 0

PUNE, September 9 : ETH Research Lab announced that the Content Team at
the ETH Laboratory in Pune has created an Education Portal, which will
make learning at home through the Web a distinct reality.

ETH Research Lab is presently working with Yashwantrao Pratishthan and
the Government of Maharashtra to deliver digital education to 24,000
schools in the state. The deployment will be done through ETH Internet,
which is being provided by its Internet enterprise, Dishnet Ltd. Dishnet
is a national ISP with full-fledged range of Internet services on
world-class infrastructure. Dishnet began its operations in Pune on March
18 and in Chennai in April this year. Mumbai and Delhi will come on stream
in September, and will be followed by other metros. Simultaneously, the
whole of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are being mapped.

ETH Research Lab is developing a comprehensive Web-based Education
Environment for creating, administrating as well as for examination and
testing on the Web. This is being layered on Microsoft’s MCIS,
incorporating the latest tools and methodologies for Web-based education
and learning.

ETH Research Lab, founded in Pune in 1998, develops technologies and
content with a mission of bring education to home using the technologies
of Internet, Digital Satellite Broadcasting and DVDs. The goal of the Lab
is to take education directly to the doorsteps of aspiring learners,
dissolving the fiscal barriers as well as those created by distance and
languages.

Widely regarded as a major breakthrough in Web-based learning, Anna
University, an engineering and technology university in Tamil Nadu,
recently announced Master of Engineering degree courses through the
Web-based learning in collaboration with ETH Research Lab. For the first
time in India, it has now become possible to take professional education
at Post Graduation (PG) level through Internet-based learning. This course
allows the concept of Credit Banking.

Pune University has also chalked out an ambitious plan for connecting
all its colleges and creating multimedia content creation labs there. Pune
University Professor present Vice-Chancellor Arun Nigwekar, and ETH
Chairman Dr Vijay Bhatkar, have decided to join hands to develop a unique
multimedia content for teaching, using CBTs (Computer-based Training) and
Internet.

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