Pandemic days are times where the world recognizes the need for tech based solutions more than ever before. Physical interactions, especially for school going kids, have become a threat to their life. Rural children remain the most affected, making quality education a dire need. The Center is attempting to meet the need for the benefit of society through its projects. The list of on-going projects in education are
The initiative of “Ask Agastya” is aimed at creating an “Any Time” learning resource/platform to underprivileged students with access to a non-smart mobile phone and voice network. The learning takes place outside the classroom in a typical “Question-Answer” mode by recording in vernacular language, auto-translating it into English and delivering the response in local language. The Purpose of the project is to create questions and answers from the school curriculum for all categories of students. The availability of such a platform is to make learning easy and accessible to all the students.
Virtual IoT Lab
The initiative of “Virtual IoT Labs” is aimed at removing physical limitations such as access to physical labs and research centers and enable the child to have the same learning experience while accessing the lab remotely through a combination of technologies.
Measuring Learning Effectiveness of Intervention Programs
This project aims to analyze school, instructor, student, and subject information along with student responses recorded in physical classroom environments and identify metrics that will help track student progress on multiple dimensions. Embedded tools/systems will be designed to deploy statistical/ML frameworks that generate the identified metrics to measure the learning effectiveness of students.
The Library Wall (digital)
Online libraries are plentiful, but mostly overwhelming for government school children. More so when rural areas lack sufficient reading devices, they find it ambiguous & confusing to pick what to read given the very wide choice available in online libraries. The Library wall project is to bring digital libraries, with a curated set of books, to rural government schools. This initiative addresses the challenge of making libraries digitally available and accessible for rural students with the help of internet-based technologies. This attempts to provide them with a suitable device/product, on which the students will be able to freely access the digital books collated as per their interest.
Speech Interface for Career Guidance
Nirmaan organization, as a part of their Yuva Disha program, provides end-to-end career guidance and development support for the unemployed youth. While all of these happen through manual phone calls, this highly limits their scale of expansion. In an attempt to solve this, this project has initiated building a speech interface to be able to record the student queries and deliver answers using a featured phone in audio form. The platform is designed to have recording in vernacular language, auto-translating it into English and delivering the response in local language.
Gamification of Learning
With on-line and e-learning taking centre stage as part of many Ngos scaling strategies, engaging students and driving desirable learning behaviours has become critical. Gamification of learning projects aims to meet the need of the hour, that is to capture the interest of learners, by giving them points, badges, and related visible progress mechanics which will keep them engaged and invested throughout their learning period.
The key steps of this project are using data and analyses to continually adapt the user's learning path, guiding the learner to the right people and providing support through AI, to make AI become the instructors’ assistant by providing specific recommendations for each learner.