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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Four Indian varsities will launch the project ‘EQUAL’ by the beginning of next year to offer a new concept of ‘online education’ to the Indian students.

The project EQUAL (Enhancing Quality, Access and Governance of Higher Education in India) will be a boon for the poor students who are long deprived from getting the taste of education, said a minister.

As per an official, the project will offer a blended learning platform (online plus face-to-face) for undergraduate students in India.

The four participating universities are, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Ambedkar University, Delhi, University of Hyderabad and Shiv Nadar University in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh.

“For India, the solution can’t be purely classroom nor purely online. It has to be a mix of both. Through EQUAL, students will have the desired mobility. We are planning to launch pilot courses by the end of this year or beginning of next year,” said Supriya Chaudhuri, faculty coordinator and project member from Jadavpur University.

“In addition, since it will be adopted by Indian varsities and colleges as part of their curriculum, it will not have the drawbacks of MOOCs — low completion rates and inadequate certification,” she said, adding the courses, designed in the Moodle software, will be free.

The project is funded by the European Union under its programme ‘Support to Indo-European Interactions in Higher Education,’ and the initiative is supported by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The administrative support is being provided by the British Council India’s division for Internationalising Higher Education.

The four Indian universities are working in collaboration with King’s College London and the University of Bologna, Italy.

The project mainly focused on four interdisciplinary areas-natural resources, environment and sustainable technology, human ecology, cultural studies and critical thinking.

“We urge universities and colleges to adopt this system so that students can have access to the best lectures and courses across India,” said Sugata Hazra, another project coordinator from Jadavpur University.

The university is hosting the project website and creating the e-learning platform to run online courses through virtual classrooms.

“The aim is to create partnerships between Europe and India, and between Indian universities, adapting the ‘Bologna Process’ to the Indian context,” said a professor of Jadavpur University.

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BIGO LIVE: Setting Up Trend of Free Education through Live Streaming

India's young and aspiring population presents an exciting opportunity for tech companies to disrupt the status quo

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The channel has already initiated English and soft skill training classes through live streaming and aims to expand in other subjects gradually. Pixabay

In a bid to expand its user base in tier-2 and tier-3 cities in India, Singapore-based live streaming platform BIGO LIVE on Tuesday announced the launch of a free education channel.

The channel has already initiated English and soft skill training classes through live streaming and aims to expand in other subjects gradually, BIGO said.

“India’s young and aspiring population presents an exciting opportunity for tech companies to disrupt the status quo and provide innovative solution for transforming education. Free live streaming education content on BIGO LIVE is an industry first in India,” Nagesh Banga, Deputy Country Manager, BIGO LIVE, said in a statement.

“The key to this endeavour is its two-way live engagement and instant feedback natural synergy,” Banga added.

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Singapore-based live streaming platform BIGO LIVE on Tuesday announced the launch of a free education channel. Pixabay

The platform plans to leverage the potential of live streaming and BIGO LIVE existing technological infrastructure to create a unique teaching pedagogy accessible to all.

The company is expecting that the audience in tier-2 and tier-3 cities seeking good education platforms along with English and soft-skill training will be particularly benefited through this education channel.

The firm has already hired over 70 teachers for the English programme and aims to raise the count to around 200 by June-end.

The channel can be accessed free of charge on BIGO LIVE App.

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The app is available for both Android and iOS users, BIGO LIVE said. (IANS)