A huge milestone was crossed by the global talent development corporation, NIIT Ltd.'s Schools Learning Solutions (SLS) business, a first for any single education institution in the world!
Bringing pride to India and the training industry, NIIT SLS announced that it had successfully empowered 10 million schoolchildren across the nation, through computer training and IT-assisted education delivered to the doorsteps of over 16,600 schools.
Union minister for human resource development, communications and information technology and the chief guest at the function, Kapil Sibal, declared that 'for just one institution to provide computer learning to 10 million students is a monumental task, not possible without passion.'
The minister congratulated SLS for touching the lives of people who would never even have seen a computer. With this landmark, NIIT's mission, to take computer proficiency to the grass root levels and help obliterate the digital divide, reached a step closer to accomplishment.
During its historic journey, SLS has created 23,936 hours of content, set up 1,07,209 computer-based learning nodes, and selected, trained and certified nearly four lakh computer teachers in schools which has indirectly contributed to the development of several villages in the country where basic urban facilities were missing.
NIIT flag-bearers including its chairman and managing director Rajendra Pawar; president, School Learning Solutions, Hemant Sethi; NIIT University president Rajeev Shorey, and Kapil Sibal, set the ceremony in motion with the traditional lighting of the lamp, against the backdrop of an invocation.
Two school principals, including Renu Sehgal, principal of Mody School, Laxmangarh and Sudha Turaga, principal of Delhi Public School, Nacharam, Hyderabad, spoke about their engagement with SLS, and how they deployed the revolutionary Math Lab and other cutting-edge solutions for teaching and improving the administration processes of their institutions.
The logo to commemorate the 10 million students milestone was unveiled by the leaders, in the presence of school principals, academicians, bureaucrats, school students and the learners at NU.
The minister recognised the exemplary performances of Mahasweta Kumar from the Mangaldoi Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Darrang, Assam, the national winner of the MCA 2011. Anirudh Iyengar from Pune was acknowledged as the first candidate to successfully complete the innovative IGNOU certificate programme in chess as a mind booster.
Sibal also presented plaques and citations to four principals, who had received National Awards for introducing computer based learning in their institutions. The event was brought to a close by Rajeev Shorey, who thanked the minister for joining NIIT in its historic celebration, and encouraging both learners and teachers to look to the future.
Hill Grove Public School, Safdarjung Enclave, held the inauguration ceremony of the Life Skill Lab, powered by Promise - Centre for Personality Development.
The Life Skill Lab is a first of its kind to be setup by a school in Delhi. The guest of honours for the occasion was Gulraj Shahpuri, director, Promise. The event was graced by the presence of the chairman Raj Singh Ghelot and manager Sheela Gehlot and the parents of the newly elected school council.
The programme began with the lighting of the auspicious ceremonial lamp by the esteemed guests. This was followed by a formal inauguration of the Life Skill Lab.
In the keynote address the principal Jeanie N Aibara said, "Incorporating Life Skills Lab has taken our students one step closer to their future life experiences. Life Skills Education focuses on life-long learning through rigorous and challenging classroom instruction that links school work to the outside world."
The Life Skills Lab is to prepare students in the following key areas such as effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving, professional interaction, etc. These life skills are integrated through the curriculum that includes course work, extra-curricular activities, leadership roles, and participation in global events. A cultural extravaganza was put up to celebrate the occasion.
Ganga International School, Hiran Kudna, girls won the finals in both, under 14 and under 19 categories in the first CBSE Hockey Tournament.
The closing ceremony of the event witnessed the presence of the CR Garg, deputy commissioner, North Zone, who was the chief guest.
Chairman Sushil Gupta and principal Charu Kapoor Gupta thanked CBSE for providing the opportunity to the players to showcase their skills. Twenty six teams from all the north zone took part in the tournament.
The chief guest congratulated everyone associated with the tournament and said that such tournaments help to bring about integration and solidarity.