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Microsoft launches Edu-Cloud with aim to Make Learning Fun

Information technology giant, Microsoft has launched a cloud computing-based offering Edu-Cloud with an aim to Make Learning Fun.

It seeks to enhance digital learning and teaching in schools and higher education institutions in India through virtual learning platforms.

Edu-Cloud by with the help of cloud computing technology will create, deliver and manage educational content from any device, anywhere, anytime in order to make learning easy and fun.

It is expected, Edu-Cloud will benefit around 1 million teachers and 6 million students in over 1,500 institutes across India in next 18 months.

Initially the company will tie-up with the Hyderabad based Chaitanya group of educational institutions which will adopt Edu-Cloud for its teachers and students in its 80 schools.

Teachers and students of these schools will use Microsoft’s Windows-powered tablets in order to access rich, interactive and relevant content from cloud to make learning and teaching more engaging and productive.

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NTPC flags off Mobile Science labs to revolutionize rural education

India’s largest power producer, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) flagged off a Mobile Science Lab (MSL) as part of its efforts to promote scientific learning.

MSL seeks to revolutionize rural education in India and make hands-on learning accessible to underprivileged children.

Union Minister for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal flagged off three Mobile Service Labs.

MSL is a vehicle fitted with LCD TV and is carrying working science models that give emphasis to curiosity-based learning for children in rural India.

These three labs will be deployed at NTPC’s ongoing projects at Darlipalli, Pakri Barwadih and Kahalgaon through Agastya International Foundation.

Each of the MSL will cover a set of about 20 schools around NTPC project and generate exposure to about 16000 students per year. While in next three years more than 1,40,000 student exposure will be generated in order to enhance the level of curiosity and creativity among children. These mobile science labs will have the instructors from neighborhood community of deployment.

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Asteroid 316201 named after Malala Yousafzai

Asteroid 316201 was named as ‘316201 Malala’ after the youngest Nobel laureate and girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai.

The asteroid was named after her by Amy Mainzer, astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, United States under the International Astronomical Union rules.

In 2010, Mainzer had discovered the asteroid which was known as 316201. As a discoverer of the asteroid she had owned the rights to name it.

Asteroid 316201 Malala is located in the Main Belt between Mars and Jupiter. It orbits around the Sun every 5.5 years and is more-than 2 mile wide.

About Malala Yousafzai

  • Malala was born on 12 July 1997 in Mingora city in Swat province of Pakistan.
  • At the age of 11 she had caught international attention as female education activist after writing for the BBC about life under the Taliban in Pakistan under pseudonym Gul Makai.
  • In 2012, Malala had survived an assassination attempt after she was shot in the head Taliban gunmen.
  • Awards- In 2014, at the age of 17 she was awarded Nobel peace prize, becoming youngest Nobel Laureate in the history of Nobel award. She had shared this prize with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi
  • She is also conferred with National Youth Peace Prize (2011), Mother Teresa Awards for Social Justice (2012), Simon de Beauvoir Prize (2013), Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (2013), Anna Politkovskaya Award (2013) and many more.
  • United Nations has declared November 10 as ‘Malala Day’ in her honor.

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