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Satellite-based education system for students in small towns

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TIRUCHI, NOV. 24 . `Remote Learning Network', a satellite-based technology-enabled education system, was launched here on Sunday by the Chennai-based Everonn Systems, an education services provider, with the objective of giving students in smaller cities and towns an access to quality education.

The hub of the network will be the studio where the instructor imparts knowledge to the student. The studio, equipped with audio, video and computer systems, facilitates the instructor to teach through interaction with students seated in a classroom in front of a PC/LCD connected through a `VSAT receive and transmit system', in smaller cities and towns. The network, leveraging the power of satellite technology and broadband internet with the utilility of a PC/LCD, enables students, academics and corporates residing at multiple locations to learn quality content from the same source. The virtual classrooms take shape through interaction between students at the multiple locations and the faculty at the studio. The virtual classrooms offer academic aptitude and vocation-oriented raining courses such as electives in an engineering degree, career-oriented soft skill and technical skill programmes.

Everonn Systems, according to P. Kishore, Managing Director, has associated itself with various partners and has designed and developed curriculum and content conducive to the medium of delivery. The initiative was meant to help students in smaller cities and towns have an access to the latest curriculum and the best faculty, as in the case of their counterparts in the metro, Mr. Kishore said, speaking at the launch. The company has presently nine hi-tech classrooms with three in Chennai and one each in Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Madurai, Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram. It has tied up with Hughes Escorts Communication Ltd., as is lead partner in south India to set up and manage broadband satellite training and education services under the DIRECWAY global education network brand.

Inaugurating the network, P. Selvaraj, Secretary, Consortium of Self-Financing Professional, Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu, and Chairman, J. J. College of Engineering and Technology, felt that the services should be more affordable in the interests of students from poor economic background, and wanted the service providers to take the initiatives for organising campus interviews in colleges in the region.

Offering felicitations, the Consortium Vice-President and Chairman, Sakthi Mariamman Engineering College, Chennai, K.N. Ramachandran, said technology should be put to maximum use for skill delivery, particularly in Engineering colleges, where huge investments had been made on installation of infrastructure and appointment of faculty.

A live demonstration was conducted to demonstrate the capabilities of the new system and the audience comprising staff of engineering colleges in and around the city got their doubts pertaining to the timing of the interactive classes, the duration, the cost, etc., cleared.

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