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JANUARY 2018

Vantage Innovate, scale, impact


A Newsletter of IL&FS Education & Technology Services Ltd.

Reflections 1

Trending 2

Bottom line 3

Pro Talk 4
In the News 6

Events 7
Adding Value 8
REFLECTIONS
A very happy and creative New Year to one and all. To design quality education ecosystem and impact at scale,
At the dawn of the year 2018 let me share a story of our we need to have a ‘community of knowledge’. More than
journey. 20 years ago, in 1997, IL&FS Education & Technology individual prowess it is the time to harness collaborative
Services Ltd (IETS) was born. It was known as ‘Schoolnet’, wisdom. So, we have partnered with technology and industry
then. We started with great gusto. We had the singular leaders including Google, Microsoft, IBM, Linkedin and other.
aim to transform the educational ecosystem by making Startups like Nextstep, Avanti have also joined hands with us.
quality education accessible and affordable by leveraging We are, thus, creating a collaborative ecosystem for everyone
technology. It was received with great enthusiasm as it filled to thrive together.
in a major felt gap. Initial euphoria, however, gave way to We have also introduced Future Classroom in partnership
hard realities. Internet itself was in its infancy. Reflecting in with Google for Education as new age edu-solution for
hindsight, we were ahead of our time. Taking lessons from digital India by creating an efficacious combination of
‘Schoolnet’ experiences we reinvented ourselves as IETS. chromebooks and K-Yan. Our ‘connected classroom’ uses tabs
Today, IETS is impacting 12 million students and close to half to create a vibrant learning space. Technology is effective
a million teachers across the country on daily basis. We stand when presented as customized solution. IETS has gained core
today with substantial experience and wide footprint across expertise in designing suitable solutions.
the country and beyond. Integrating technology is essential but teacher must play
Educational technology (Ed-tech) is transforming the pivotal role in realizing the transformational potential of
learning opportunities and spaces with a dizzy pace. Multi- education. This is an approach based on insights from
media and simulated content makes learning ever engaging. learning sciences provided by cognitive neuroscience,
MOOCs and Open courses make best of teachers available to educational psychology etc. So, an effective educational
all. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is emerging as a demi-god in the solution must integrate student, teacher and technology in
Silicon Valley redefining the world in general and education an organic way.
in particular. It is not easy to predict the future. However, Leveraging our longitudinal experience and deep
integrated, interactive, adaptive teaching -learning seems to understanding we are greeting the new year with our
be the future of education. versatile learning app as ecosystem called Geneo. It offers
At IETS we are bracing with the challenges of education by a variety of collaborative resources – textbook, multimedia,
way of innovating, scaling and creating larger impact. To simulation along with assessment to check your learning.
achieve our goals, we are designing appropriate solutions Geneo as an AI backed solution offers adaptive learning
to make impact at scale. Today, we have live ICT labs with experience personalized to each student’s liking and levels.
instructors in over 20 thousand school reaching out to 8 And, to meet learners further query there are experienced
million students. K-Yan has been our flagship educational mentors available to respond and interact. It is a blend of
solution device to achieve the learning efficiency and cutting edge digital learning with personal touch.
outcomes. It is an amazingly simple device combining Our learners are our brand ambassadors. If they vouched for
innovative features to serve a variety of learning needs. More it, we rock!
than 40 thousand institutions are reaping the benefit of
K-Yan. Happy Reading

RCM Reddy, MD & CEO

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TRENDING

A solar system with as many planets


as our own has been discovered with AI – Whither Artificial Intelligence – AI Index 2017
the help of Kepler space telescope
powered with Artificial Intelligence
(AI). This is one of the latest startling
discoveries made possible last month.
Driverless cars are a reality, so is
intelligent personal assistant like Alexa
that obeys your multiple commands.
In educational field, adaptive learning
makes education more engaging and
personalized. The student-initiated
learning environment, Intelligent
tutoring systems (ITS) and AI assisted
educational diagnosis and assessment
are shaping the educational scenario in
a major way. (See the box for the ways
AI is impacting education)
AI has made some phenomenal growth
in the last couple of years heralding era
of data science, big data and emerging
possibilities of ‘superintelligence’, a
hypothetical agent having intelligence
far surpassing most gifted human mind.
AI seems to transform the world in Photo by Bryan Bedder
Courtsey: Getty Images for National Geographic
a major way. But how much? How
soon?And, where is it going?
The truth, however, is that the field of AI is still evolving. Even experts have little What has it achieved?
clue understanding and mapping the progress across the field. “Without the Consider the following facts about
relevant data for reasoning about the state of AI technology, we are essentially Artificial Intelligence (AI):
“flying blind” in our conversations and decision-making related to AI.” • The number of active AI startups
AI100, a group of leading AI thinkers from Stanford, decide to find a solution. They increased 14-fold since 2000.
aimed at tracking the progress of AI as an emerging field. As a result, came about
the AI Index 2017. The AI Index is an initiative to track, collate, distill and visualize • Venture capital investment
data relating to artificial intelligence. increased six times in the same
period.
AI and technological progress
• Publishing in AI has increased nine
The inaugural annual report of AI Index 2017 published in November times in the last 20 years
2017 showcases the aggregated data and presents discussions and expert
commentaries on key trends and ideas. AI Index looked at a number of measures of • Course enrollment in the
progress, including “volume of activity” and “technical performance”. introductory AI-related machine
“The goal of the AI Index is to provide a fact-based measuring stick against which learning at Stanford has grown
we can chart progress and fuel a deeper conversation about the future of the field.”, 45-fold in the last 30 years.
said Prof. Yoav Shoham, Emeritus Faculty, Computer Science, Stanford and one of Some of the charts representing the
the moving spirits behind the Index. technological progress are striking. For
Like UN development index or GDP (gross domestic product) the AI Index is example, image and speech recognition
supposed to provide a comprehensive baseline on the state of artificial intelligence programs seems to be matching, if not
and measure technological progress. The metrics in the index include evaluations surpassing already, human capabilities
of academic papers published, course enrollment, AI-related startups, job in just the past couple of years. The
openings, search-term frequency and media mentions, among others. The Index authors note that AI systems have
tracks and measures minimum 18 independent vectors including academia, excelled in such real-world applications
industry, open-source software and public interest among others. It also engages as object detection, the ability to
in technical assessments of progress toward “human-level performance” which understand and answer questions and
covers areas like speech recognition, Q&A, algorithms to identify objects and classification of photographic images of
activities in 2D images. skin cancer cells.

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What is missing?
Having said that, the question remains How AI Impacts Education
if it can’t gauge sarcasm, identify jokes,
or account for a million other pieces Is a robotic teacher round the corner? Could AI-enhanced entities solve our
of cultural context that are crucial most pervasive and systemic issues in education? We need to wait to get an
to understanding even the most answer for these questions. But AI is already impacting education in major
casual conversation? No. The report ways. Some of them are enumerated below.
acknowledges this and includes a • Adapting Assessment and Educational Support
critical open section on ‘what is missing’. AI has already made adaptive learning processes possible through
Diversity and inclusion are two major assessment software, learning games and digital textbooks to individualize
areas among the missing aspects. learning. These tools detect patterns, highlight and emphasize key areas
The AI Index, in nut shell, is a reminder where students need support. It also allows one-on-one focus on learning
that we must be “woke” about the major process as per individual needs.
switch that is taking place.
• Learning anywhere and at your own pace and way
Will AI be a real game changer? AI powered MOOCs, online learning classes and blended class experiences
Wait and watch. Till then read the AI offer benefit from customized, individualized learning environment making
Index Report at https://aiindex.org/ education available anywhere and as per learner’s choice.
• Out of the Classroom Support
Through AI, tutoring and study programs are growing more advanced.
Teaching fundamentals to students struggling with basic concepts is simple
and personalized through AI.
• Immersive Technology in the Classroom
AI has brought about exciting new opportunities in the form of immersive
technology like Augmented Reality (AR) and Vitrtual Reality. Now learners are
able to see and interact with the human body or a microscopic cell instead of
just reading about it in a book transforming how students engage with the
educational materials.
• Automating educational Administration Tasks
streamline and improve tedious admissions processes by automating the
process of paperwork and support for students with common admissions
questions via chatbot and interactive website.

‘Future Classroom’ transforming the present BOTTOM LINE

Bharti had just returned from the morning shift of her school. She quickly had
her lunch and got ready to go back to school again to attend after school ‘Future
Classroom’ (FC) classes till 5 PM. Rakesh Bhai, the spirited principal of the school got
special permission to allow motivated students to attend these classes. Around 100
Students of classes 6 to 8 regularly practice in the after school FC classes here.
IL&FS Education in partnership with Google for Education set up ‘Future Classroom’
at Chandlodiya Primary School, Ahmedabad, last year by giving 30 Chromebooks,
a K-Yan and designing special classroom for it. Today FC has been integrated in
regular teaching routine. “Students search relevant videos and resources and go
through them the previous day in FC. It helps them strengthen their interest and
knowledge in subject areas substantially. Thus, our students alone bagged 6 out
of 300 national merit cum means scholarship meant for over 800 schools of this
area. FC has certainly contributed to make our students a cut above the rest. We
also had 40 students from nearby private schools moving to our school this year,”
Rakesh Bhai, Principal
the principal shared proudly. Parents are mostly poor and daily wage people. They
Chandlodiya Primary School,
could not believe their kids could get such high class education in a government
Ahmedabad
school, said Dharam, the dedicated coordinator of FC.

The education department now cited this school as an example of achievement in improving educational standard. The
school community of this area was trained to use Google sheet and Docs applications for sharing data and information by this
school, said the Principal.
“I am grateful to our education department who gave free hand to me. My spirited staff members and school management
committee extended support. And, of course, IL&FS Education has made it happen for us to make our school a leading one
in the area.” Rakesh Bhai acknowledged all for the transformation brought about by Future Classroom in the educational
environment of the school.

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PRO TALK

Face to Face
Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET),
is a premiere national institute of educational
technology under NCERT. Its major aim is to promote
utilization of educational technologies viz. radio, TV,
films, satellite communications and cyber media. The
institute undertakes activities to widen educational
opportunities, promote equity and improve quality
of educational processes at school level.In this Face
to Face Vagish K Jha interviews Prof. Amarendra
Behera, Jt Director, CIET who highlights the emerging
perspectives on ed-tech in the school education.
( This is the abridged version of the interview. )

Vagish K Jha address government systems. It has to be holistically


addressed. Government - private partnership in a
Congratulations for assuming the full-fledged
responsibility of Jt. Director, Central Institute of collaborative mode needs to be developed. There are
Educational Technology (CIET), NCERT. Could you many areas where it is difficult for the government
please share the vision of educational technology that to develop skills. Hence, there is a need to have lot
we are going to see under your guidance? of collaboration with corporates, NGO sector and
government sector.
Amarendra P Behera
Conceptually educational technology is development, Vagish K Jha
implementation and evaluation of materials, systems, Can you tell us more about the government - private
technique and method used for enhancing learning partnership in Edu-tech field?
among all stakeholders. When we talk about the
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Amarendra P Behera
we mean all digital and digitizable resources and the Edu-tech initiatives needs to be seen within the vision
communication technologies for dissemination of of digital India campaign which includes the digital
these resources to all stakeholders and enhancing literacy of citizens including school students, teachers,
their capacity, capability and quality of education. A teacher educators and parents. Many a times NCERT
lot of initiative related to that is taking place in the is also questioned that textbooks are not reaching
form of creating digital infrastructure in and delivery on time to many remote places like Leh, Ladakh and
of all educational services whether it is educational Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. In such a situation, for
digital content, digital books, assessment of students, example, NCERT has developed e-pathshala mobile
app and digitized all the NCERT textbooks to provide
performance, having a cumulative report card of
digital books to students, teachers, parents and teacher
performanceof learners etc.
educators. Using this, we can send the text book to
We cannot improve quality of education if we only them through mobile app and they can start studying

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those material in the fraction of a second. service Professional Development of Teachers and
Now a days we have one tablet per child or one laptop Teacher Educators - itpd.ncert.gov.in). NCERT and
per child system also. So, we can think to put them all its constituents organise nearly 400 teacher training
their books in digital format. They can even do all their programs every year.
exercises, assessments and questions in digital format NCERT has also started a 24/7 DTH TV channel under
and also put these together in the form of a server like Swayam Prabha umbrella. The e-contents developed by
a K-Yan or Geneo that IL&FS Education has developed. NCERT is also simultaneously used through telecast of
In fact, democratization of digital resources is also these programs on 24/7 basis. Teacher training is also
required. being done through DTH TV channel.
Teachers can also use their telephones to access our
Vagish K Jha two toll free numbers 1800-111-265, 1800-112-199 to
We give things like ICT and educational technology listen to the resource persons and interact with them.
to schools but then how these are being utilized Using technology and scaling the number in a time
in teaching and training becomes very important. bound manner is our concern.

Vagish K Jha


There are some platforms
What is the vision of PPP model that you have and how
the organizations corporates and others can come and
take it forward?
where a portable box can be Amarendra P Behera
used as school server with Actually there is no need to reinvent the wheel again
and again. If some NGO has done something which
all the contents given in is very good then we need not redo the same thing.
the form of K-Yan or IL&FS’s Rather government has the capability for scaling. So,
Geneo kind of learning why can’t corporates and NGO sector and government
join together and
platforms. All the resources scale it?
and teaching tools are There are some platforms where a portable box can
embedded into it and there be used as school server with all the contents given
in the form of K-Yan or IL&FS’s Geneo kind of learning
will be local area network platforms. All the resources and teaching tools are
with that embedded into it along with local area network.


Similarly, we have collaboration with Google and IL&FS
in Bhopal. Such experiments can be scaled also. We
should rather focus on customization. Translation into
regional languages will be the second option.
Recently government of India launched a portal called
Amarendra P Behera
‘shala sarathi’. If any corporate would like to fund 100
The government has recently launched the SWAYAM schools to provide infrastructure and e-content and
platform- Study Webs of Active Learning for Young help the school to become a smart school and impart
Aspiring Minds (swayam.gov.in). It is a learning quality education, they can provide their funds under
management system. There are more than 400 online CSR to the government.
courses.
We not only talk about delivery of digital content but
The online courses for students and teachers and we also talk about automation of the whole process.
teacher educators are also coming there. These are In fact, Technology is not only providing e-contents
the platforms which are going to help in continuous solutions for teacher training, solutions for assessment,
professional development of teachers. Onsite training solutions for e-governance but also solutions for
can also happen through blended mode using a mix of transparency and accountability and truthfulness in the
face to face and distance mode without disturbing their management of the system.
work place.
Similarly NCERT has recently developed a course (The full version of the interview is available at ILFS
portal which is popularly known as IPDT (In- website- www.ilfseducation.com)

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IN THE NEWS

The EdVantage
Newsroom
Launch of EnglishBolo
EnglishBolo, an online solution for improving
spoken English skills was launched by
Shri Nand Kumar, IAS, Principal Secretary,
Department of School Education & Sports,
Govt of Maharashtra on 25th October, 2017
at IL&FS Financial Centre, Mumbai. English
Helper & IL&FS Education & Technology
Services Ltd. (IETS) hosted this event
followed by a thought-leadership conference
on Tech Enabled English Language Learning
in India.
http://www.indiannewsandtimes.
com/2017/10/25/63808-thought-leadership-
conference-to-discuss-and-deliberate-on-
the-road-map-for-technology-enabled-en-
glish-language-learning-in-india/

Toyota Road safety multi stake holder consultative meet


Mr. Dependra Pathak, Spl. Commissioner
of Police (Traffic), inaugurated the multi-
stake holders consultative meeting on road
safety held at Indian Habitat Centre, New
Delhi on November 8, 2017. The round
table focusing on ‘Road Safety Education in
Schools’ was organized by IL&FS Education
in collaboration with Toyota Kirloskar Motor
Private Limited. Earlier, Mr. RCM Reddy,
MD & CEO, IL&FS Education, welcomed the
participants to this exclusive brain-storming
consultation attended by eminent experts
and major stakeholders from the corporate,
education, media, Police, UN agencies,
Hospital and Civil society organizations.
https://auto.economictimes.india-
times.com/news/industry/toyota-kirlo-
skar-motor-organises-road-safety-work-
shops-in-school/61581897

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EVENTS

Dream Change -
Arunachal Pradesh 2017
‘Dream Change – Arunachal 2027’ Conclave, an initiative by
government of Arunachal Pradesh was held on 8th & 9th
December, 2017 at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. It aimed
at bringing various stakeholders together to brainstorm
the strategy and actions for ‘re-shaping the development
discourse’ of Arunachal Pradesh. Mr RCM Reddy, MD & CEO,
IL&FS Education, presented an array of edtech solutions that
can transform the teaching-learning environment.

Launch of Gyankunj Project


On the occasion of teacher’s day, Mr Vijay Rupani, the Chief
Minister, Gujarat, launched ‘Gyankunj E- Class Project’ at
Ahmedabad, Gujarat in the presence of Mr RCM Reddy, CEO
& MD, IL&FS Education. Aimed at promoting digital literacy
among primary students in all government aided schools in
the state this initiative enable 3.2 k classroom in government
schools of Gujarat to go digital.

India Afghanistan Trade


& Investment Show 2017
#Passage2Prosperity
IL&FS Education & Technology Services Ltd. (IETS), IL&FS
Institute of Skills and IL&FS Clusters participated in India
Afghanistan Trade & Investment Show 2017 held between
28th to 30th September at ITC Maurya, New Delhi. To
advance regional integration by strengthening economic ties
between Afghanistan and India through partnerships this
forum provided opportunity for showcasing and dialoguing
with potential partners.

Launch of Future Classrooms


A total transforming of education geared for the 21st
Century has been initiated with the launch of Google Future
Classroom in 12 Government Schools in Krishna and Guntur
districts, Andhra Pradesh impacting 10,000+ students and
200+ teachers. This significant step has been taken under the
Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD)
of Sri Y. S. Chowdary, Hon’ble Minister of State, Science and
Technology & Earth Sciences and Sujana Foundation in
partnership with IL&FS Education.

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ADDING VALUE

GeneoX
A Confluence Platform for Technology in Education
GeneoX, a unique initiative by IL&FS
Education, is a platform to bring together Impact
talent and expertise in the use of

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technology for teaching-learning while Districts
ensuring active participation from all
stakeholders to learn, share & achieve participated

3000+
GeneoX is designed to evolve
over the years with two distinct
but interlinked elements:
1. GeneoX Championship has students, teachers, Schools completed the test
principals and parents participate in challenges for

178,000
annual awards. The challenges has a strong focus on
use of technology across Innovation (Ideation and
Design), Academics (Math, Science, ..), IT (Basics, Robotics,
Programming, …) & Life Skills (Language, Good Citizenship).

2. GeneoX Edu Meet aims at engagement of all


stakeholders to discuss, debate, share, learn and showcase Students appeared

Editor - Vagish K Jha Sub-Editor - Ridhima Mehra Design - Poonam Panchal Design support Shahid Iqbal
work in the ‘technology in education’ space through varied
events. Multiple stake holders Join hands
• Conferences would involve discussions/debates on The championship has been designed as a comprehensive
innovations, sharing/showcasing new techniques engagement of multiple stake holders to bring together
& methodologies, exhibition of products, research talent and expertise in the educational space ensuring
submissions…. active participation to learn, share and achieve though
collaboration between learners, teachers, technology.
• Workshops would focus on developing digital skills and Simultaneously, it envisions, bringing together the expertise
awareness of global trends in education of the academic community, competence of the corporates,
Excitement of doing and knowing reach of the government and ownership and commitment of
The Championship invited students of Class IX to showcase communities for greater awareness towards ‘Technology in
their IT proficiency and knowledge starting with School-level Education’.
competition and moving to block and district levels. The
State Finals would be followed by the Nationals. Participating Testimonials
at various levels, students develop core cognitive ability of
Nayana Satapathy, Teacher
faster and deeper thinking, creative problem-solving and
better analytical reasoning. In the process, they get exposed Konark School (SSD), Puri, Odisha
to handling pressure, interpersonal skills and develop “When the Championship was rolled out at our school…. it was
confidence creating a high degree of enthusiasm. wonderful to see the students prepare – wanting to do well in the
quiz. Of course, winning was important for the students but as a
teacher I saw my students confident, motivated, alert …..which is
an applaud for GeneoX & the IL&FS Education team!”

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