IITB’s Spoken Tutorial project bags first prize for “Nurturing Employability”

The Spoken Tutorial project bagged the first prize in the “Nurturing Employability” category of the Reimagine Education Competition, jointly sponsored by the Wharton School of Business. ┬áThe global competition received submissions from 520 universities and enterprises from 50 countries with 22 awards judged by a panel of 40 international experts – a “who’s who” of higher education.

The project is being led by Prof. Kannan Moudgalya at IIT Bombay, and is an initiative of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT), launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India. IITBAA-GNY congratulates Prof. Kannan and his project team, and wishes them the best to keep up the great work!

About Spoken Tutorial

Spoken Tutorial is a collection of ten minute long audio-visual tutorials, created using Screencast methodology. They are created on many topics of information technology, such as computer programming, simulation, office productivity suite, graphics and animation software, etc. It is recorded using a script whetted by beginners, thereby making it suitable for self learning. The spoken part is dubbed into all 22 official languages of India, thereby making it accessible to students who may be weak in English, but otherwise smart. Keeping the video part of the tutorial in English helps retain employment opportunities. An application has been created that helps create an offline version of the learning environment, which in turn makes the benefits of the project reach those who do not have Internet access. All the spoken tutorials are released under Creative Commons, CC BY SA, licensing. The self learning capability allows workshops to be conducted through volunteers. These factors have helped train a large number of students absolutely free of cost on many useful IT topics. Close to 850,000 students have been trained in the past four years through the Spoken Tutorial methodology. The visits to the project’s webpage are doubling every year.

Read more about the project here.

Check out the other winners from various categories here.

Vishal Misra (Class of 1992, EE) named Fellow of the IEEE

Vishal Misra (Class of 1992, EE), has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), For contributions to “network traffic modeling, congestion control and Internet economics”. Vishal’s elevation to IEEE fellow is an important achievement in a career that has previously earned him a National Science foundation CAREER Award, a Department of Energy CAREER Award, and Google and IBM Faculty Awards. More at http://www.cs.columbia.edu/2015/misra-named-ieee-fellow/

Vishal is a Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. He also co-founded cricinfo.com that is now part of espn.

IITBAA-GNY would like to congratulate Vishal on this honor, and wish him all the very best!