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Intel® & Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan Partnership Event Report

"Education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity and success; it's a prerequisite

for success."

President B. H. Obama, USA

Educational excellence includes leveraging best known practices to create an education system that prepares teachers and students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century and contributes to the national economic and social growth. The Intel Teach program helps policy makers and educators achieve excellence in education, by working in close partnership with the State and Central Government Education bodies.

The collaboration with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) is one such fine example of partnership. KVS is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Human Resource Development comprising of schools, catering to the educational needs of children of Central Government and Defence Officials. The KV Schools are a prestigious project of MHRD, and are looked upon as torch bearer in the field of educational excellence across the country.

Intel’s association with KVS began in the year 2000 and has grown with each passing year. The collaborative initiatives include professional development workshops for Teachers –

scaling

to about 6000 teachers, supported by

sustenance

activities - orientation of school leaders and regional coordinators- leading to

systemic integration

of ICT into their education processes.

To celebrate the

successful

association between Intel & Kendriya Vidyalayas, a

showcase

event was held on 25th March 2009 at the KVS head office. The event was graced by Senior Policy Makers – Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners - involved in various policy decisions related to Academics, Finance, Administration and Training. The beneficiaries - Principals, Teachers and Students also participated in the event to share their experiences.


Mr. M. M. Joshi, Deputy Commissioner (ACAD) welcoming the gathering

The program commenced with the Deputy Commissioner, Academics welcoming the august gathering. He congratulated Intel for the commendable partnership with KVS to strengthen its Vidyalayas, by helping them to leverage technology extensively to ensure reach, efficiency and effectiveness of learning.


Ms. Valsa Williams sharing Intel-KVS collaborations

It was followed by a presentation by Ms. Valsa Williams, Head North & North East, Intel Corporate Affairs, who elaborated how investing in education and connectivity is the key to building a progressive knowledge economy. She gave an overview of the Intel? Teach Program and the various initiatives that were taken up in KV Schools.

One such initiative was the publication of the

Project Based Learning E-Book

an important resource in facilitating the teachers to adopt learning methodologies that align with the National Curriculum Framework (NCERT) Guidelines.

The E-Book was released by the Commissioner.


PBL E-Book

The

ICT Resource Centre set up with the support of Intel at the Zonal Institute of Education & Training Centre, Gwalior

was inaugurated. The teachers from Gwalior shared that:

“The Resource Lab would help them in adopting successful pedagogical models, promote collaboration, communication and deliver curricular improvements that are enhanced by educational technologies”


Students exploring efficacy of CMPC

To promote successful teaching learning innovations and provide the students with contemporary and flexible learning facilities to enhance their skills, a demonstration on the

Efficacy of the E Learning Environment”

was held by Mr. Satyajit, Director Emerging Markets Platform, Intel. Hands on activities demonstrated for the group were witnessed with great enthusiasm.

Principals and teachers both of Gwalior and Delhi shared their experiences on the impact of ICT integrated learning environment on student learning. A teacher from KV JNU, Delhi, shared how the learning process can be made more exciting and interesting using ICT. She elaborated how ICT can be a powerful amplifier for the two raw materials – Intellect and Imagination and felt that today’s child expects a lot more from the teacher and it is the responsibility of the teacher to equip herself with the required skills.

“Thanks to Intel, I feel literate. I can march shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the world”.

The Principal of KV R. K. Puram thanked Intel profusely for the various training programs conducted in their school. He shared that:

“Intel has revolutionized education in Kendriya Vidyalayas”

Not be left out, the KV students also shared their views on how they perceive learning in the 21st century. They felt that information technology has taken them beyond the four walls of the classroom and gave them a glimpse of the real world.

“Education in KV has become challenging and interesting, thanks to information technology.”

“Now education is just not restricted to our text books. Email, video conferencing and blogs have emerged as an alternative to get information.”


Commissioner, thanking Intel for the support

Mr. R. L. Jamuda, Commissioner KVS, in his key note address thanked Intel for helping him realize his vision in taking forward the KV Schools on the path of success and match with the best in the country. Very proudly he shared that:

“Kendriya Vidyalayas are making headway in improving the student computer ratio, we have been able to bring it down from 56:1 to 25:1 and we propose to have 1:1 ratio very soon”

He expressed his desire to have a deeper alignment with Intel in the coming years.