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‘NRI School Connect Campaign’- a new Virtual Learning initiative by government of AP

The aim of the project is to establish a firm connection between students and NRI through the medium of knowledge.

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April 10, 2017:

“In this digital age, we have an opportunity to transform lives of people in ways that were hard to imagine just couples of decade ago” – remarked Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) at Silicon Valley on September 2015.

In this era of digitization, Andhra Pradesh government under the leadership of Shri Chandrababu Naidu has endeavored to provide virtual education to the students of government schools. Education is the bedrock of future generations and the society. Hence, to gratify the indispensable need of an hour, ‘Connect Project’NRI school connect program was launched as a part of AP Janmabhoomi, a social initiative led by Government of Andhra Pradesh under the guidance of Special Representative of North America, Shri Jayaram Komati.

The NRI School Connect was launched on 3 April 2017 by the Special Representatives of North America, Shri Jayaram Komati from California, USA. The project is deemed as a series of three pilot sessions presently. The novel initiative is expected to grow following the success of three pilot sessions.

What is Connect Project Campaign?

The NRI school connect program is first of its kind initiative by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to virtually connect the NRI Diaspora with the students of government schools. The rationale of this initiative is to endow students with diversified knowledge with the help of NRI settled all across the globe. Though, the Telugu NRI community is disconnected by lands but connected by hearts. With the help of the Initiative, the NRI are given an opportunity to serve their motherland.

Though, the Telugu NRI community is disconnected by lands but unquestionably connected by hearts. With the help of the Initiative, the NRI are given an opportunity to serve their motherland.

The aim of the project is to establish a firm connection between students and NRI through the medium of knowledge.

The interaction entails one-hour discussion between the NRI and students where the first half encompass the presentation by NRI on any relevant topic and the next half is taken up by the NRI as a question answer round.

The technical support is provided by the team of Reliance Jio.

 The First Pilot Session – NRI Connect Project

The launch of the first session was undertaken by Mr. Shivaji, NRI from Texas, USA. Mr. Shivaji conducted a session on ‘Human Evolution and Technology’ through an arresting presentation which comprised of videos also.

The session was overall a success and bewitching for the students as well. The inquisitiveness among the students soared as the interaction headed further. Students asked the questions like – How is water formed? ; Is there any without water? ; What is a Galaxy? and so on.

Newsgram contacted Mr. Shivaji, an NRI instructor in the ‘Connect Project’ initiative by the government of Andhra Pradesh.

Students want to learn continuously. We need to give them freedom to share their thoughts, and not just hand them a notebook and pencil. Providing them a virtual platform of interaction will bring them exposure to the kids and impulse the inquisitive side of the child to ask more questions. Digital classrooms will help the students utilize maximum resources to leverage their potential. told Shivaji to Newsgram.

Majority of the students were able to connect with the topic. Quite evident because they kept asking a lot of intriguing questions and participated in the discussions. – remarked Shivaji on the response of the students.

The interaction went remarkably well and it was able to embed some amount of knowledge in the students regarding the topic. According to Shivaji, the education system should be such that it connects the theories and concepts to the outside world.

Second Pilot Session – NRI Connect Project 

The second Pilot session was conducted today. Shri Jitendra Chowdary, Vice president of Citi edified the students the importance of the search engine Google. He presented a PPT on how to make a sound career by pursuing an individual’s passion.

He showed that while in the US, how he can know the weather of Cuddapah. This caught the glimpse to all students, one student asked him whether they can know the rainfall in their district? How can they know which land can be cultivated?. The question was tricksome but Shri Jitendra Chowdary answered their questions fairly to each one of them.

The scheduled date for the next interaction is 17 April. To know more about the initiative, click here

Reported by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

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Conventional vs Unconventional Classroom

So where would you be learning, conventional or an unconventional classroom?

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Unlike the conventional learning in a classroom, online training makes the content available for students digitally. Flickr

Learning is the process of acquiring new skills or knowledge and for quite some time students have followed the process of enrolling in an offline centre to learn and study from the material provided but now, there is a new and an unconventional approach to upskilling yourself and that is through online learning.

While I was growing up, if I ever wanted to learn a new skill, I had to travel a minimum of 2-3 kms to the nearest learning or tuition centre to enquire and then enrol for the desired training. Though there were interactions with the teacher, but inhibitions got the better of me and with time, because of all the unresolved doubts, the learning started to become monotonous and I lost interest. But online learning has made that journey for a student interesting, fun and a cakewalk. You can relax in your seat while the knowledge is displayed on your screen and ask all that you wish to.

To begin with, what is online learning?

Unlike the conventional learning in a classroom, online learning makes the content available for students digitally. Students can learn online, anywhere and anytime. Instead of physical copies of books, e-learning uses visual content and gamification.

To help you understand the differences better I would like to compare both the classrooms and the learning associated on the basis of parameters that are essential for an overall learning.

1.       Affordability: 

In offline centres or conventional classrooms there are a lot of miscellaneous expenses incurred and hence the fee structure is designed accordingly.

Whereas in online learning, students’ aim is to learn so companies spend resources only on developing the content and thereby lowering the cost of the training.

From text to graphics, this software does it all. Pixabay
In offline centres or conventional classrooms there are a lot of miscellaneous expenses incurred and hence the fee structure is designed accordingly. Pixabay

2.       Flexibility and convenience:

In a conventional classroom, if you miss a class it gets difficult to grasp the topic and understand what is being taught. The classes have to be attended on fixed days
and timings, offering almost no flexibility. Whereas in online learning, the classes can be taken as per your availability and thus giving you an opportunity to design your own curriculum. You could also watch the classes over and understand the topics in-depth.

3.       Answers to your questions:

While learning, doubts might arise about the topic being taught but students usually hesitate in asking questions in a classroom. Whereas in online learning, you are an anonymous user and your doubts, as frivolous they may be, can be asked without any hesitation.
4.       Practical experience:
The learning journey in a conventional classroom is about reading and grasping, it involves little or none practical applications of the learnings. Whereas in online learning, the training is designed in such a manner that the content is informative and involves practical applications as well. The test and assignments in the module are made to ensure that the student has a holistic growth.

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Only 20 percent of the five million students who graduate every year get employed, industry lobby Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) said in a report, published last year.

The competition is stiff and is going to get worse with time so It essential to make yourself stand out from the rest to increase your chances of getting hired. The certificate you will receive at the successful completion of the training will help in making the employer realise that you have relevant skills and in-depth knowledge about the subject.

So where would you be learning, conventional or an unconventional classroom?

About the Author: Sarvesh Agrawal is the Founder and CEO of Internshala, an internship and trainings platform. (Internshala.com)