Pearson Education Services, part of Pearson plc and one of India’s leading education service company today announced that they are entering into an agreement with The Kalgidhar Trust / Society (KTS), Baru Sahib for installation of 1040 DigiClass solutions in more than 20 Akal Academy rural schools of the KTS spread across Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. DigiClass is Pearson’s ICT based solution that aims at converting traditional classrooms into interactive sessions by combining state-of-the-art hardware with syllabus-compliant, multimedia content. It has been created with the objective of improving the quality of education and equipping teachers with skills to manage a 21st century classroom. The DigiClass solution is currently being used by over 2,000 schools in India and abroad (Maldives, Nepal, UAE, etc.).
The Kalgidhar Trust/Society run one of the largest rural chain of CBSE schools in North India with 129 low cost rural schools that benefit 60,000 students who eventually are saved from drugs and alcohol abuse that has destroyed the socio-economic fabric of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. KTS believes in imparting value-based and spiritual education that not only meets the demands of the time but also trains students to use their skills for the welfare of humanity. Quality education is provided to the students irrespective of their caste, religion or region or ethnicity. Special effort is made to promote education to and empower the girl child, ethnic background or gender. KTS strives to inculcate love for humanity at large education in children in the initial years and supports adequate ambience and infrastructure to supplement that all through their academic life.
As part of their belief of value-based education, this agreement would go a long way in enhancing the teaching learning process across the schools run by KTS. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Davinder Singh, Secretary of KTS said “We have always wanted to enrich the Teaching and Learning process across our rural schools the various schools and this agreement would equip the classrooms and the teachers with the necessary Teaching Aides so as to bring the education in backward and rural areas at par with the urban areas to enrich and ensure the Student Learning process”
Welcoming the announcement, Srikanth Iyer, COO, Pearson Education Services said “We are honored to have been selected for executing this project across various schools of The Kalgidhar Trust/Society. Pearson has always endeavored to undertake initiatives that go a long way in improving school education and the future of the students studying there. Implementation of the DigiClass solution in these schools will ensure a more interactive and collaborative teaching learning process in the classroom particularly the girl child living in the rural areas.. With this step we are closer to realizing our vision and hope of making ICT enabled education accessible to more schools across the nation.”
Pearson Education Services recently signed former Indian test cricket team captain Anil Kumble as its brand ambassador for its range of cutting edge education products.
About The Kalgidhar Trust/Society
The Kalgidhar Trust (barusahib.org) is an Education focussed not for profit charitable organization working for the cause of promoting quality Education alongwith Healthcare, Women empowerment and Social welfare, to the deprived people, in far-flung rural areas of North India. It has been instrumental in bringing about silent but sure reforms to uplift the socio-economic status of the rural poor in the areas covered.
The rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, backward hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab are being covered with 121 outstanding low cost CBSE Schools, which provide modern value-based education to around 60,000 students. Our students are mostly from deprived sections of the rural society and our schools admit them regardless of caste, creed, region, religion and social status. The future outlook is to build these to 500 schools to bring the penetration of value-based education to village cluster levels.
Other than the schools, the Trust runs 24 Colleges, 2 Private Universities, 6 Free Teachers Training Centres to empower 2000 rural girls, 1 (280 bed) Hospital, 3 de-addiction centres, Orphanage home, Old Age home, Rehabilitation Centre for distressed women other than holding 4 Free Medical/Surgery Camps for rural poor in hilly areas of Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh.
The Team: The Trust is managed and run by eminent Educationists who are also dedicated selfless volunteers under a professional setup.
Mr Iqbal Singh (M.Sc), President has retired as Director Agriculture, Himachal Pradesh.
Dr Davinder Singh (MBBS, MD), Secretary is an ex-Professor from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.
Dr Khem Singh Gill (Padma Bhushan)(M.Sc Ph.D Univ of California), Vice-President is former Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agriculture University.
Dr M.S. Atwal (M.Sc Bio Chem, M.P.H, Ph.D, MBA), Trustee is former Dean, John Hopkins University.
And hundreds of educationists who care for the nation.
- India is a booming economy and India lives in its villages. But the contribution of rural folks to this uprising economy is negligible or non-existent.
- General perception of people about the economic conditions of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab is that they are progressive and are amongst the better performers in per capita income.
- Few know that Punjab has today slipped to position 5 from being no. 1 in 1990 in per capita income and in the present 12th five-year plan; Punjab is the slowest growing state. Even slower than Jharkhand.
- One of the major factors for this decline is lack of Education and rampant drugs and alcohol abuse. 2 out of 3 school going students take drugs while 7 out of 10 college going students are into drugs.
- 69% rural households in Punjab do not have any matriculates. And 48.10% students dropout before class 10th.
- One strong indicator is that out of 56,240 students that enrolled for professional courses in the state in 2009 only 2084 students came from rural background.
- State spending on Education has come down drastically. Spending on education has come down to Rs. 525 per capita while the earning from the sale of liquor alone is Rs. 820 per capita.
The need of the hour is to bring the rural talent on an equal platform of opportunities by educating, enshrining and empowering them; leaving alone our geographical outlines in the national interest.