Category — Education

Google Delivers the Internet on Bicycles in India

Alphabet Inc unit Google has partnered with India’s Tata Trusts in launching  “Internet Saathi” (Internet partner)  to empower women and their communities in rural India by enabling them to use the Internet and benefit from it in their daily lives. The joint initiative is aimed at bridging the technology gender divide, explains Tata Trusts.

Launch of Internet Saathi

Launch of Internet Saathi

Equipped with bicycles with large boxes on the back containing internet-enabled devices running Google’s Android mobile operating system, the guides ride their bicycles from one village to another showing women how to search for information, using Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging service, and even just using a smartphone to make a call, says the Wall Street Journal.

A year into the launch, the program’s 9,000 female tutors have imparted a better understanding to more than 1 million women of how being connected could improve their lives.

October 4, 2016   No Comments

Zuckerberg Invests in India’s EdTech Firm Byju’s

The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative — founded by  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan —  invested $50 million in BYJU‘s, an edtech firm based in Bangalore, India that has created a learning app for school students as well as for those aspiring to undertake competitive exams such GRE and GMAT among others.

The math and science learning app, which has 250,000 subscribers, helps students in grades 4-12 learn subjects like physics, chemistry and biology on their own. It uses original content and teaches it through a mix of video lessons, interactive activities and quizzes, reports CNN Money.

Byju's Learning App

Since its launch last year, the learning app has already seen phenomenal engagement, with over 3.5 million students on its platform.

“I’m optimistic about personalized learning and the difference it can make for students everywhere,” wrote Zuckerberg. “[It’s] why we’re looking forward to working with companies like BYJU’s to get these tools into the hands of more students and teachers around the world.”

September 17, 2016   No Comments

Largest Number of Businesses in India are Retailers

With over  16 million  retail shops in the country — about one for every 15 families — this sector of work surpasses others in its numbers.

Manufacturing is second to retail with over 10 million units. However, the number of employees in this sector is greater than those in the retail trade. Most retail stores are tiny by Western standards and employ less than ten people.

Phoenix Mall in Mumbai

Phoenix Mall in Mumbai

Transport companies, warehousing, hotels and eateries, and healthcare-related enterprises are other major occupations, while educational enterprises have emerged as major employers.

These facts emerge from the 6th Economic Census conducted by the Government of India in 2013, detailed results of which were released earlier this year, reports the Times of India.

September 13, 2016   No Comments

Google to Train 2 Million Developers in India

With its vision to help make India a global hub of high-quality mobile developers, Google is working on an Android Skilling program in India that aims to train two million mobile developers. The Washington Post reports that the course curriculum will be available free across hundreds of public and private universities and training partners through a specially designed, in-person program this year; it will also be available through the government’s National Skills Development Corporation, the company said in a statement.

Google Android in India

India is expected to have the largest developer population with 4 million people by 2018, overtaking the United States, but only a quarter are building for mobile, said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management at Google.

August 2, 2016   No Comments

Prime Minister Modi To Visit IIT Kanpur

A four-day event beginning on July 12 to mark the first anniversary of ‘Skill India‘, a program aimed at honing the skills of  youth so that they become employable, is expected to be held at the Indian Institute of Technology, in Kanpur, where a number of events like debates and seminars have been planned. An exhibition, in which a number of national and international companies will take part, will also be held at the institute, report both Times of India and The Indian Express.

IIT Campus

A Part of IIT Kanpur Campus ( Wikipedia Commons)

On July 15 Prime Minister Modi is most likely to land at the airstrip in IIT-Kanpur. He may  inaugurate an auditorium there, as also address the students competing to qualify for the World Skills competition scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi.

According to India Today, IIT Kanpur stood first among the top 25 engineering colleges for 2016. Since its inception in 1959, IIT Kanpur has distinguished itself as a pioneer in science-based engineering education in India, owing to a decade-long fruitful collaboration with a consortium of  universities in the U.S. Director Indranil Manna, himself an alumni, says, “IIT Kanpur was one of the pioneers in introducing the computer science and material science disciplines in India.”

June 22, 2016   No Comments