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. The 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.
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!
A low-cost laptop costing just around ₹6K was developed by IIT Bombay under the leadership and guidance of Prof. Kannan Moudgalya. The laptop received positive reviews from Mid-Day for the value it was able to pack at a low-cost.
The laptop is primary aimed at education, and runs the FOSSEE OS, built on top of the open source Ubuntu Linux. It hopes to bridge the literacy-gap and access to the Internet, by providing affordable technology solutions.
Under the leadership of Prof. Kannan Moudgalya, IIT Bombay has developed an affordable, 10-inch netbook that costs less than $100. Resilient from a previous failure in sustaining the momentum with low-cost devices such as the Aakash tablet, they’re taking another jab at what they believe is critical to ensure the reach of computing devices to all students and teachers.
The device is yet to be named.
Prof. Moudgalya talks about the project, its scope and what they’re doing different this time in this article on Livemint.
There was major media coverage about a wild cat, a leopard, leaving IITB after a comfortable stay of four days. There were roars and pug marks outside the Metallurgy Department Workshop. It was not found.
The PRO office safely concluded in an India Today report “After searching the entire premises, the forest department has concluded that it has moved out of the campus which it entered on Wednesday”. Well, just because it was not found does not mean it is not hiding in a bog somewhere. They used live chicken to lure it, but understandably, the leopard did not seem to like that idea.
Jokes quickly circulated in social media. “No exams, no studies, no quotas – Leopard directly admits himself to IITB”. “We hope it acquires a degree before leaving IITB” and “If it continues anymore, it may join the IITB faculty team”. The source of these jokes were attributed to current students laboring Resnick and Halliday, Turbulent Fluid Dynamics or pulling all nighters.
We know better than the rookie, freshies though. The Leopard does not need any admission. The Leopard does not need to join the faculty team. It is just an old Alumni having a familiar sojourn by the lake. Old stomping grounds. Someone who knows the lay of the land better than most.