IIITH and Agastya announce collaboration to bring innovative digital technologies to rural and public schoolchildren


– IIITH and Agastya to create solutions leveraging research to improve learning in rural children – Focus areas include solutions based on vernacular speech, learning gamification, learning experiences Remote Triggered Lab and Improving Teaching by Measuring Learning Effectiveness – Innovative Solutions Will Bring Quality and Highly Relevant Learning and Training to Economically Disadvantaged Schoolchildren and Teachers HYDERABAD, India, August 9, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIITH) and the Agastya International Foundation Collaborate to Create Solutions That Will Bring Innovative, High Quality and Highly Relevant Learning and Training to Economically Disadvantaged School Children . The partners will jointly identify the basic problems that can be solved by solutions based on emerging technologies such as AI and ML, linguistic technologies and computer vision. The goal is to empower those on the wrong side of the digital divide by leveraging cutting edge research.

The partnership is set up under the aegis of the Raj Reddy Center on Technology in Service of Society at IIITH. This center is an initiative of the IIITH to enable research and emerging technological solutions for basic education and public health, with a particular focus on the rural population. The center will pursue two main orientations for a high societal impact: innovations in rural education and innovation in health care for the bottom of the pyramid.

The Agastya International Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India with a mission to arouse curiosity, nurture creativity and build confidence among economically disadvantaged children and teachers in rural India. Founded in 1999, Agastya operates hands-on science education programs in rural and semi-urban areas of 14 Indian states. IIITH and Agastya will collaborate in the research and development of specialized solutions and tools, aimed at improving the learning experience of children and teachers through the latest technologies. The center will focus on areas that include vernacular language tools that will provide interactive access to knowledge to students with minimal resources, enhanced teaching tools, gamification of learning through animations, interactive experiences, augmented reality models and the measurement of learning effectiveness.

Speaking on behalf of IIITH, Prof. Ramesh Loganathan, Chair of the Outreach Committee, said: “IIITH has always had social good as a key outcome of all research at the institute. This collaboration with the Agastya Foundation and the NGO Navam makes this possible in a very enriching way. Clear, current issues solved with emerging technology driven by research, deployed and value realized in the field. We are very excited about this collaboration. ” MKThiagarajan, COO, Agastya International Foundation, also spoke about the initiative, ” Agastya has been a pioneer of practical and experiential pedagogy to develop curiosity, creativity and trust in school children. This collaboration with IIITH will help us increase our digital reach and wealth. The ubiquitous learning, the refinement of our pedagogy and the preparation for future uncertainties / pandemic situations are some of the expected results of this collaboration. Looking forward to building on the technological leadership of IIITH. ” About Prof Raj Reddy Center at IIIT Hyderabad: The Raj Reddy Center on Technology in Service of Society aims for strong national and global impact on society thanks to technological solutions. bottom-up, problem-centric approach to leverage research and technology in solving societal problems. It will identify a few socially relevant themes and integrate projects into them to create a sequential amplification of the impact. He will take a healthy view of the problem by addressing all aspects, technological and otherwise, until value is realized on the ground.

About Agastya International Foundation: Agastya is a transformative educational organization that has actively disseminated hands-on learning to poor children and teachers in rural and urban areas in India since 1999. It is one of the largest programs in India. teaching of mobile and practical sciences to the world. economically disadvantaged children and teachers in public schools. The main objective is to attract and retain vulnerable and disadvantaged children to quality educational programs. Creativity Lab Centers and Mobile Labs carry Agastya’s vision and mission across rural India. Agastya’s unique methods and programs aim to fill critical gaps in education systems that are being pushed to their limits.

About IIIT-Hyderabad The International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH) is an autonomous research university founded in 1998 that focuses on key areas of information technology, such as IT, electronics and communications, and their applications in other fields through interdisciplinary research with greater social impact. Some of his research areas include visual information technologies, human language technologies, data engineering, VLSI and embedded systems, computer architecture, wireless communications, algorithms and security. information, robotics, building sciences, cognitive sciences, seismic engineering, computational natural sciences and bioinformatics, education technologies, electrical systems, computer science in agriculture and e-governance.

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