EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Learning on the go
Ravi K. Mahajan
In India, which has emerged as a global leader in mobile connectivity, mobile learning can easily be harnessed to achieve short-term and long-term objectives of education.

Computers help to make UGC efficient
V.P. Prabhakar
The University Grants Commission has undertaken a computerisation initiative in order to enhance its efficiency and bring transparency in its working. The computing and networking infrastructure in the UGC offices is being strengthened and a new website — www.ugc.ac.in has been launched.

Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar
Get technology patented, researchers exhorted
"In the WTO era, it has become imperative on part of the teaching and research institutions that they focus on developing internationally competitive technologies and get these patented," observed Dr J.C. Katyal, Vice-Chancellor, while addressing a gathering of researchers and scientists during a conference on commercialisation and licensing of technologies held at the university campus recently.

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Learning on the go
Ravi K. Mahajan

In India, which has emerged as a global leader in mobile connectivity, mobile learning can easily be harnessed to achieve short-term and long-term objectives of education.

Recently Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, called for re-orienting our education system by asserting that ... “we need to expand our educational system and improve our skill-building abilities in order to translate the “demographic dividend” into a “development dividend”. How do we achieve this without creating costly infrastructure? By opening special “cost efficient” centres!

Well, given the pace with which mobile phones are reaching out each and every corner, m-learning can be initiated to have “development dividend”. Mobile learning (m-learning) is a mechanism, which provides a delivery system to students who are not keeping a fixed location. It may be achieved through the use of any portable technology. It is a complementary activity to both e-learning and traditional learning.

Mobile phones have already successfully connected varied segments of society, irrespective of their socio-economic status and geographic proximity. The use of text and voice messaging is now accepted as part of present culture.

The Japanese experiment in mobile learning services for learning English is worth sharing. A 2001 government survey found that about 10 million Japanese over the age of 10 were learning English in their spare time through the non-formal means.

Mobile Internet technology on cell phones can be developed for formal or informal informative enrichment modules. The m-learning programmes could be developed to suit both universal and local requirements. For instance courses such as “language vocabulary” or structured modules in some discipline, say geography, could be developed as a “formal programme” for universal application.

In the present age, where information is said to be the fuel for development, getting informed through mobile could be a good pastime for thousands of people in general and students in particulars, when they are travelling or for reasons are not able to get at some enrichment material. M-learning can easily be developed to provide info-bytes on various topics for ‘revision’ or ‘reinforcement’ to different segments of the society.

Notably mobile service providers in India have already transcendent initial experimental stages in having two-way communication with their clientele, though largely designed for commercial overtones. In turn, those preparing for competitive examinations will happy to receive inputs on important historic or current events, may be in random format. Quizzing on mobile can be another way for providing enriching experience to masses.

Nonetheless, what is required is setting up of a centralised m-teaching-learning centre, which should monitor the development of modules for varied segments of society and prepare guidelines for the service providers to contribute in the mission “development dividend”.

In the sixties, the term “correspondence education” was the way in which education was taken beyond the walls of various institutions. In the mid-eighties it was “distance education” that came into prominence and in the late nineties “e” component became a buzzword.

Interestingly, before educationists’ fraternity at large could convinced about of “e-education” or “e-learning” component, “m-learning” is now all set to redefine the contours of education.

Of course, impelling feature of all recent educational endeavours has been an increasing focus on “learners”, giving teachers the role of facilitators. This is a welcome step, and m-learning will take education to the learners even more effectively.

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Computers help to make UGC efficient
V.P. Prabhakar

The University Grants Commission has undertaken a computerisation initiative in order to enhance its efficiency and bring transparency in its working. The computing and networking infrastructure in the UGC offices is being strengthened and a new website — www.ugc.ac.in has been launched.

For sharing information internally, an intranet is being put in place. The UGC has taken up digitization of the agenda and minutes, which would be available on its intranet. Work in modernisation and automation of the UGC library, according to the annual report of the Central Ministry of Human Resource Development, has been initiated to transform it into a Knowledge Resource Centre on Higher Education. A National Doctoral Thesis Database has also been created has also been initiated with view to promote quality research in the country.

To address the problem of malpractice—such as fake certificates, facilitate statistics collection and compilation, planned development of manpower, a committee is exploring possibility of providing a framework of assigning unique enrolment numbers that could specifically identify students in the higher education system.

A new scheme ‘professors of eminence’ has been launched to recognise outstanding professors in the higher education system in country and encourage academic excellence. The recognition will be on the basis of their proven competence in teaching, research and educational management.

Directly recruited professors with 10 years of service, who are Ph D or equivalent, and have 28 years of service as a teacher in the university or in an equivalent position, are eligible for consideration. Those who are selected under this scheme will be placed in a super time scale of pay of Rs 22,000-24,500 and admissible allowances. No permanent position or post shall be created for the institutions. They shall continue to perform such duties relating to teaching and research as assigned by the respective institutes. Higher scale of pay under the scheme shall be personal to the individual concerned. The incremental cost associated with the position of professor of eminence shall be born by the institution where the professor of eminence is serving.

The professor shall be considered under this scheme from all the universities eligible to receive financial assistance from UGC (excluding agricultural/ medical/ veterinary science universities) and fully centrally funded. Deemed to be universities and premier non-technical institution of national importance. After screening the nomination of the eligible scholars with the help of a committee, the universities shall send their recommendations to the UGC.

The UGC shall forward the recommendations to the selection committee to the Government. Final selection would be made by a high-powered committee to be chaired by the Human Resource Development Minister. It has been pointed out that selection was not made to these position due to reconsideration of the guidelines by the commission.

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Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar

Get technology patented, researchers exhorted

"In the WTO era, it has become imperative on part of the teaching and research institutions that they focus on developing internationally competitive technologies and get these patented," observed Dr J.C. Katyal, Vice-Chancellor, while addressing a gathering of researchers and scientists during a conference on commercialisation and licensing of technologies held at the university campus recently.

Scientists and teachers from different fields, including agriculture, veterinary sciences, animal sciences, home science and basic sciences took part in the interactive session organised by the Intellectual Property Right (IPR) Cell of the university.

The Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the National Research and Development Corporation (NRDC), Mr Som Nath Ghosh, who was key speaker, asserted that the nation had made revolutionary progress in the development of new agricultural technology in the past three decades.

Advocating award of due benefits to the researchers, he advised them to get familiar with the patent and licensing rules. Mr A. Pradhan, Senior Managing Director, NRDC, who read out the lecture on behalf of Mr Ghosh, highlighted the programmes launched by the NRDC to help in licensing and commercialisation of technologies.

Earlier, Dr R.B. Srtivastava, in charge of the IPR Cell, said the university had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NRDC for patenting and commercialisation of its technologies. The HAU Registrar and Director of Human Resource Management, Dr R.S. Dalal, and the Director of Research, Dr B.S. Chhillar also spoke. An exhibition depicting the 18 technologies assigned by HAU to the NRDC was also organised on the occasion.

Award for scientist

Dr Ashok Kumar Yadav, Professor of Agronomy, Haryana Agricultural University, has been conferred the Academy of Advancement of Agricultural Sciences Award (Senior) by the Indian Society of Plant Physiology. He has also been awarded lifetime fellowship of the society.

The honour has been bestowed on Dr Yadav in recognition of his work on drought and high temperature stress tolerance and management of abiotic stresses.

—Contributed by Sunit Dhawan

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