The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations in Geneva awarded the prestigious World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) 2015 Award to the Centre of Public Policy (CPP) at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). The award was given for a versatile satellite-learning program ï¿½ Satellite and Advanced Multimedia Education (SAME), which was developed to bridge the quality of education gap between urban and rural education in India.
The program involved setting up of virtual classrooms where students were taught lessons on subjects like English, Mathematics and Science directly from teachers in the studio set up at IIMB. The satellite-learning program was tested among some rural schools and resulted in a significant improvement in the class 10 results. "We found improvements in pass percentages in 14 schools with the introduction of tele-education. I will attribute the success to quality inputs ï¿½ good teachers in the studio who could explain the concepts very well; animation, which played a big role in making concepts clear; and the interactive nature of classes which had question and answer session," said Professor Gopal Naik, Chairperson of Centre of Excellence for Urban Development at IIMB, SAME. The program currently targets rural schools in Karnataka districts and since November 2014, the program has covered over 1000 schools successfully reaching nearly two lakh students of classes 5 to 10.