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A new era of Smart Classrooms in Himachal Pradesh Government Schools begins with Sampark FLN TV

Program implemented jointly by Samagra Siksha, Government of Himachal Pradesh and Sampark Foundation

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  • Sampark FLN TV converts a classroom into a smart and future-ready classroom
  • Sampark provides Free Learning content in a Smart Plug and Play set top device
  • Implemented in 111 schools; to cover 800 schools by next year

In an effort to transform Government school classrooms into smart classrooms, Sampark Foundation, a leading NGO transforming primary education through frugal innovation, has launched Sampark FLN TV forgovernment schools in Himachal Pradesh. Government of Himachal Pradesh and Sampark Foundation is jointly implementing the program in the state. This initiative is part of Sampark’s vision to drive large-scale improvement in learning outcomes and support government schools in becoming future-ready.

Sampark FLN TV helps teachers use lesson plan, content videos, activity videos, gamification of assessments and worksheets to make the class smart, interactive and joyful. Sampark FLN TV is expected to not only increase attendance but also improve learning outcomes  by at least 30%.

Till now, Sampark through a self-funded initiative has provided the Sampark FLN (Foundational Literacy and Numeracy) TV device for 111 schools in Himachal Pradesh across 12 districts in the state impacting 3500 children. So far 92 teachers in 3 locations have been trained on the usage of Sampark FLN TV while another 19 teachers will be trained this month. The TV sets for the program is being provided by the state government. Going forward, the plan is to install Sampark FLN TV devices in 800 government schools in Himachal Pradesh impacting more then 40,000 children. In the next few years Sampark FLN TV will be installed in all the schools of Himachal Pradesh.

Sampark FLN TV is a device that converts any television into an interactive learning platform, featuring quizzes, worksheets, animated content and so on. The device comes with preloaded lessons delivered by Sampark Didi (extremely popular mascot and virtual teacher of Sampark Smart Shala). Significantly, this device can work offline too without any internet. The set-up includes an android set-up box and a remote with chapters organised according to the state curriculum.

It will drive learning outcomes by following the right sequence of ‘Learn, Play, Practice, Earn and Celebrate’. It plays a dual role of being both a means of lesson delivery as well as a database for teaching resources from lesson videos to question banks. The content is integrated with the Maths and English programmes of Sampark Smart Shala, an app by Sampark Foundation, which makes learning interesting and meaningful.

“Sampark FLN TV is a huge step in our vision of providing quality education for all through innovative and large scale solutions,” said Vineet Nayar, Founder-Chairman of Sampark Foundation. “It represents our intent to bridge the learning gap in government schools by offering them access to interactive and engaging content so that students can bypass internet scarcity to learn at their own pace. Unlike other edtech platforms, our initiative comes at no cost to schools. Instead, we are investing Rs. 100 crore across the country to offer students and teachers a unique and highly impactful product.”

Nayar added. “The highlight of our programme is its interactive user experience which will completely change the way students engage with animated learning material delivered by Sampark Didi as opposed to static textbooks.”

The key highlights of this initiative are as follows:

  • The self-paced programme will be conducted in the classroom to transform the physical infrastructure of government schools into a smart class.
  • The content can be projected to a bigger group that will create an interactive classroom
  • It follows the well-researched and duly tested pedagogy styles of known-to-unknown, simple-to-complex, and concrete-to-abstract styles of lesson delivery.
  • Lessons are offered in a gamified quiz style, like the popular quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati, where students will earn reward points for offering the right responses. These reward points will allow them to unlock access to content at the next level such as games and stories.
  • Each student has a dashboard where their progress can be accessed and monitored by the school and the teachers
  • All lessons have detailed content both from state textbooks as well as content developed by the Sampark team for specific skills such as speaking textbooks which offer an audiobook-like experience where lessons are narrated by Sampark Didi to help students build LSRW (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing) skills, using the ‘whole language’ approach developed by Sampark.

In 2018, Sampark Foundation & the Government of Himachal Pradesh had signed a non-financial MOU to improve learning outcomes in Government primary schools in the state. Earlier this year the MoU was renewed between Sampark Foundation and Department of Education, Government of Himachal Pradesh for another 3 years (April 2022 to March 2025) to deliver Sampark’s learning program (Sampark Smart Shala) to impact all the government schools in the state. Under this program, Sampark will invest Rs. 25  Crore in the State to impact more than 3.5 lakh children with an objective to transform Learning Outcome in Elementary Grades. The Program aims to establish Himachal Pradesh among the top 10 states by 2026 in learning outcomes of English in Primary Classes and Science in Upper Primary Classes. Sampark will also implement English Speaking, Employability skills and Stem program in the state.

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NMIMS SBM Offers MBA (Part-Time) Program for Working Executives

The program focuses on providing a holistic education to enhance their employability

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Start your professional learning journey now with the best-in-class MBA (Part-Time) program with the most sought-after prestigious NMIMS, School of Business Management, featured in the top 100 global B-schools as per Financial Times MiM 2022 ranking. A highly respected business school in India with a legacy of 41 years and a prestigious faculty announces admissions open for their MBA (Part-Time) program at their Mumbai campus.

This program offers an opportunity for working executives to acquire a high-end compact management qualification through rigorous and qualitative in-class learning and practical exposure to industry expertise. The program focuses on providing a holistic education to enhance their employability, exposing working executives to contemporary trends and practices in management. It also provides excellent academic resources coupled with industry best practices to boost the managerial competence of executives.

NMIMS SBM MBA (Part-Time) is accredited by Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for working executives who want to enhance their skills and advance their careers. NMIMS has world-class pedagogy to provide students with a comprehensive and engaging learning experience. NMIMS SBM has a team of experts with extensive experience in the business world. The program structure is upto 40% hybrid and 60% in the classroom, whereas Bloomberg Certification Program will help students use financial analysis tools more efficiently. 

“The program is specifically meant for executives who have spent quality time in the industry and have adequate exposure to managerial roles and responsibilities. The two-year MBA (Part-Time) program will offer an opportunity for participants to hone their managerial skills and enable them to contribute better to their decision-making. It has been designed to empower students with a well-planned schedule that allows for a balance between study and work,” said Dr. Prashant Mishra, Dean School of Business Management.

Dr. Pradeep Pai, Program Chairperson, MBA (Part-Time), School of Business Management, said, “NMIMS SBM is proud to offer this innovative program to working professionals who wish to take the next step in their careers. We believe that this program will be a preferred executive education program for working professionals seeking to upgrade their qualifications by acquiring a widely acclaimed MBA degree.”

The MBA (Part-Time) program goes beyond traditional education by providing learners value-added workshops and industry connections. Our curriculum is regularly updated to ensure students receive the most current knowledge. The program helps them gain a practical and theoretical understanding of the industry and creates a network of professionals for them as they progress.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 50% in Graduation from a recognized University in any discipline. (Distance/Part time/Full time)
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience in an executive or supervisory capacity or self-employed after graduation & up to the date of written test/personal interview.
  • The work experience should be full-time experience and should NOT include internships, projects, training periods, trainee (management, engineering), etc.

Selection Process:

Written Test conducted for MBA (Part-Time) by NMIMS OR Candidates with GMAT score of 600 and above (GMAT score of last 5 years up to the closure of registrations will be considered) OR Candidates with a score of 200 and above in NMAT by GMAC examinations for 2020 admission AND Personal Interview

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eSecForte visited Northeast to strengthen Industry-Academia Interface for Achieving Effective Cybersecurity Prospects  

The team also visited the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Manipur and interacted with students on the topic of Digital Forensics Challenges and career options

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In an effort to create a holistic ecosystem for cybersecurity in the country, the team from eSecForte led by Lt Col (Dr.) Santosh Khadsare  (Retd), VP Digital Forensics  & Incident Response  visited the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NEILT), Kohima and held discussions with the director of the institute, L. Lanuwabang. The deliberations were focused on enlarging the gambit of cybersecurity especially digital forensics in the country and how eSecForte and NEILT can come together to contribute effectively in this regard. 

The team also visited the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Manipur and interacted with students on the topic of Digital Forensics Challenges and career options. The discussion entailed how the use of digital forensics can prove instrumental in bringing the perpetrators of cybercrimes to the book. The various challenges related to the implementation of tools and methodologies of digital forensics were also part of the very constructive dialogue that was held between our team and enthusiastic students. 

The team lead had a very fruitful discussion with Dr Krishnan Bhaskar, Director, IIIT, Imphal and discussed how the Industry-Academia interface can do wonders in the field of cybersecurity and digital forensics. Specifically, detailed deliberations were held on devising exchange mechanisms and collaborative opportunities so that industry and academics can come together and lead to the creation of a self-sustainable ecosystem in the field of cybersecurity. Such development will ensure that cases related to the cybercrimes are dealt swiftly and lead to desired outcomes in terms of ensuring justice and well-being for all participating stakeholders. 

In the next leg of the reaching out journey, eSecForte’s team paid a visit to the National Forensic Science University (NFSU), Imphal campus and exchanged ideas with the campus coordinator on the latest trends and developments in the field of digital forensics. Apprising the importance of digital forensics to investigating officers, Lt Col (Dr.) Santosh Khadsare  (Retd), VP DFIR interacted with more than 400 trainees of the North Eastern Police Academy (NEPA), Shillong. These aspirants were thoroughly apprised of the importance of digital forensics and its utility in cracking cases related to cyberfrauds, cyberbullying, and other allied crimes associated with cyberspace. Case studies were discussed on how to handle digital evidence at the crime scenes with utmost care so that trace evidence won’t get lost in the logistical procedures and processes. The team showcased flagship products of eSecForte, Digital Forensic workstations and Faraday bags and informed them of the utility of these offerings built under India’s ambitious MAKE IN INDIA (MII) project. 

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Roots Collegium signs World Chess Champion Koneru Humpy as Brand Ambassador

Chairman, Sri. B.P.Padala announces Koneru Humpy as the Brand Ambassador of Roots Collegium educational institutions

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  • Humpy will be the face of its upcoming brand-related undertakings

Celebrating its 30 years’ legacy in imparting holistic education, Roots Collegium, a well-known educational institution in Hyderabad has today announced World Chess Champion Koneru Humpy as its Brand Ambassador. The appointment of Ms. Koneru Humpy is set to boost the brand image of Roots Collegium amplifying the institution’s philosophy in making its students achieve global exposure.

With the signing up of world chess champion Koneru Humpy as its Brand Ambassador, Roots Collegium will be exploring untapped areas of new-age innovations and add them to its list of achievements in the last 30 years. The fast expanding Roots Collegium, started in 1991, offers intermediate courses and almost all the streams of Bachelor’s degrees. Roots collegium is providing a wide range of courses like BBA, BBA (Business Analytics, B.Com (General, computers, sales), BA (Mass Communication, Psychology, and modern languages), and B.Sc. (Data Analysis). The college provides a variety of courses in design, film and media, visual arts, hotel management, culinary arts, and also many other certificate courses.

Reacting to her appointment, Koneru Humpy said “It is my pleasure to be the brand ambassador of Roots Collegium. I thank Sri. BP Padala gaaru for the honour. Roots Collegium as an institution has been offering the best educational facilities for its students for the last 30 years. Roots and I share a similar journey as we both have started our journey’s 30 years back. We both have same passion, integrity and ethics. That’s the special part about Roots Collegium, to which I instantly related to. And now we are ready to travel together.  As an ambassador, I look forward to contributing my committed services to the college and helping them grow in stature. I will take part in each and every event of the college and would like to share my thoughts and way-forward ideas in all its initiatives. Once again I want to thank all the staff and management for choosing me as a brand ambassador.”

Koneru Humpy is the FIDE Women’s rapid chess champion of 2019. She became the youngest woman to achieve the title of a Grandmaster back in 2002 at the age of 15. Her association will be an added feather to the cap of Roots Collegium’s growing achievements and a historic moment in its journey. 

The Chairman of Roots Collegium, Sri. B P Padala said “It’s our honour to have such a young and dynamic chess champion, Koneru Humpy as our brand ambassador. I wish the students of Roots Collegium will be motivated by such an inspiring champion who has come across a lot to be in this position today. I have no doubt that with her determination and strong belief, she become a world champion. I hope every student will inculcate the habit of not giving up and fighting for what they want, from her. She will be a role model for each and every student of our institution. I thank Koneru Humpy for accepting this position and people like her will definitely help bring change in society.”

The students of Roots Collegium from different places in Hyderabad city are excited and look forward to listen to the life-changing stories from Koneru Humpy in the future. 

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