Virtual varsity at Prez Kalam's house

President A P J Abdul Kalam on Tuesday proposed an ambitious blueprint for a tele-education revolution in the country with Rashtrapati Bhavan as the nodal hub of the project to link all major universities across India.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 16:49 IST

President A P J Abdul Kalam on Tuesday proposed an ambitious blueprint for a tele-education revolution in the country with Rashtrapati Bhavan as the nodal hub of the project to link all major universities across India.

Speaking on the occasion of the 150th post centenary celebrations of the Calcutta University here, Kalam announced the birth of the first virtual university at his New Delhi residence that aimed to network even small teaching centres in rural India.
"I have interacted with students from top universities in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata and found that my virtual university grid has the capability to trigger academic excellence and national development at an unparallel scale by expanding education to the remotest corner of this country," Kalam said.

In a power point presentation in his inimitable scholarly style, Kalam explained how a virtual university can add value to education and provide a multi-pronged strategy to address the issue of employment among the three million graduates coming out of Indian colleges every year.

"The idea is to have a three-pronged approach for viable distance education creating connectivity, quality content generation and product development," he said. UGC and Edusat, ISRO's dedicated education satellite, were being convinced to provide connectivity while broadband and wireless connectivity would also be needed for the purpose, he said.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 16:49 IST