Desktop virtualisation can address education sector challenges

Written by Vikram Chaudhary | Updated: Sep 10 2014, 21:00pm hrs
Desktop virtualisation has emerged as one of the most viable alternatives to traditional computing because it addresses the key challenges faced by the education sector, believes Monali Handa, director, Marketing, India & APAC, NComputing. In an interaction with FEs Vikram Chaudhary, she shares how NComputing, a desktop virtualisation company, is helping transform the lives of millions of students and knowledge workers in India. Excerpts:

What have been NComputings contributions towards the education sector

Education has been one of the key focus sectors for NComputing. With its array of affordable shared computing (also called desktop virtualisation) solutions, the company is working closely with the central government, majority of the state governments, and with many non-government agencies to make computing solutions available at the most economical price point so that the benefits of computing reach far and wide, and every student is able to learn, discover, experiment and collaborate with his/her peers.

What role has NComputing played in providing affordable computer education for rural students

Educational institutions in the rural areas of the country face challenges like limited funds for setting up and managing IT labs, limited staff, power shortage, and dependence on power backup systems. Our desktop virtualisation solutions enable institutions to set up labs and classrooms that are green, cost-efficient, easy to maintain, obsolescence-proof, and lead to 90% less eWaste compared to the traditional PC labfactors that have made NComputing the most preferred choice for educational institutions.

Which all Indian states have installed your devices

The key implementations made by NComputing in India include 75,000 seats in schools across Gujarat; 60,000 seats in 6,000-plus government schools in Andhra Pradesh; 60,000 seats in Punjab; 58,500 seats in 2,622 government schools of Haryana; 18,000 seats across 1,800 learning centres of Maharashtra Knowledge Corp Ltd; over 15,000 seats in Bihar; and deployment of many lakh devices in over 45,000 educational institutions.

What are the biggest challenges that lie in front of NComputing in schools

While over the last 5-6 years we have deployed over 8.5 lakh seats in India, which is helping transform the lives of millions of students and knowledge workers, but the challenge still remains to reach every corner of the country and create awareness about the benefits that the adoption of shared computing technology can deliver to both educators and students.

The government is aspiring to provide computer education at negligible cost. How is desktop virtualisation going to play a role in this initiative

India has realised the importance of computer education and training more than ever, but we still have miles to go. The government has been playing its part in enabling the spread of ICT for providing computer education to each and every student in the country. In this scenario, desktop virtualisation has emerged as one of the most viable alternatives to traditional computing, because it addresses the key challenges faced by the education sector and enables affordable access to computing at a fraction of the cost of the all-PC set-up.