A Dashboard for Education Metrics
In one of the biggest technology interventions in schools and colleges, new platforms that help improve outcomes for all stakeholders are being introduced, writes Shelley Singh.
It is a difficult choice for most parents. Which higher education course should their children pursue? Most force the child to go for what they think will be good for the child rather than what the child is good at. So a student with a nose for liberal arts might have to pursue engineering. Or an- other nursing ambitions to become a doctor might find herself in a B-school.
Technology interventions in schools and colleges creating new productive platforms
It is a difficult choice for most parents. Which higher education course should their children pursue? Most force the child to go for what they think will be good for the child rather than what the child is good at. So a student with a nose for liberal arts might have to pursue engineering. Or another nursing ambitions to become a doctor might find herself in a B-school. The upshot: many children end up becoming also-rans in their professions. This happens partly due last-minute decision making — similar to trying to win a marathon by putting all efforts in the last few kilometres instead of planning the whole race well.
Parents should go by what the results and performance of the child in school revealed rather than what they believe is ideal for the child or what is a popular job at a point in time.
Schools take to e-governance in bid to improve performance
New Delhi: From his modest office, Suresh Singh logs into his computer and checks on his colleagues’ attendance. He then proceeds to look up the progress made by his students with coursework. All in a matter of minutes. Singh moves away from his computer to admit sheepishly that he was late on two occasions last month—“five minutes each, but yes, I was late”.
The past few months have seen a sea change for Singh, two years away from retirement. But it’s change for the better. “Now I am more of a teacher,” he says about a job he loves, and “less of an administrator”. Of late, he claims to be taking more classes and doing less file work.
Digital India-Initiative Offers Multiple Opportunities
MGRM is a diversified multi-sector Group that creates proprietary technologies in multiple domains. It’s products include Educational E-governance Systems, Country E-governance Applications, Insurance E-governance System and Physical Rehabilitation Splints and Aids. Ekta Srivastava, Sr. Correspondent, Governance Today spoke to Dr Jitendar Verma, Executive Director, MGRM on the services of the company and other related issues. Edited excerpts
Tech in the classroom
Innovative Technology from MGRM is changing classrooms in a big way, making the learning environment more creative and collaborative
Let`s face it, today schools and colleges are vastly different from the ones we attended back in the 80s and 90s. A present-day school or college is literally a small society comprising of students, faculty, administrators, staff, parents and alumni with its own dynamics. Many educational institutions have deployed technology in teh form of student information systems which ar merely databases, some have even streamlined their administrative and managemnet processes with expensive hardware-software mix.Can one system meet the needs of the entire school or college community, which can create a high quality educational ecosystem, where all stakeholders including parent community are able to associate and contribute meaningfully to the wholesome development of the child?
Better Governance is possible through research based E-Gov Solution only
MGRM started its research for an e-Governance platform around 16 years back. At that point of time, we were of the mindset that software shall not just become an input and output sytem, but one needs to study how a process functions. We travelled to educational institutes across globe and studied aided / non-aided schools, private / government schools, and funded / semi funded schools. We studied all and there by we created a platform called M-Star - "An Educational E-Governance Platform. " "M" stands for Managing, "S" scheduling, "T" for tracking, "A" for Analyzing and "R" for reporting. For any management to take decisions, they have to manage all the elements from scheduling to tracking and from analyzing to reporting, which can all be achieved in a single integrated platform "M-Star".
Rs 250 cr to make drugs regulatory process completely paperless
New Delhi: The ministry of health and family welfare will invest close to $50 million (Rs250 crore) in the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization’s (CDSCO) e-governance initiative. The initiative, the first of its kind in the world, will be developed by New York-based technology solutions provider MGRM. The application aims to enable transparency and efficiency in the working of the CDSCO.
“Details of licensing, regulation, monitoring and even inspection audits will seamlessly be available through the software,” says K.V.R. Murthy, group chairman of MGRM.
People-friendly step: Drugs controller general of India Surinder Singh says the World Health Organization has shown interest in the project. Manoj Kapparath / Mint