Malaysia aims at becoming a developed country by 2020, transforming its workable manpower to an absolutely skilled human resource...
Malaysia aims at becoming a developed country by 2020, transforming its workable manpower to an absolutely skilled human resource, said its deputy minister for education P Kamalanathan.
“We don’t want to have skilled workforce from outside our country and we want to reach to this status by 2020. Once we attain this status we would benchmark Malaysia as a developed nation since human capital is the prime capital that generates resource,” Kamalanathan said, adding that at present foreigners mostly occupied the specialised professional areas, and a large contingent were Indians.
Malaysia, he said, has embarked on a cloud-based virtual learning system called BistariNet, which has decreased urban and rural education divide in the country. The education platform has brought 10,172 schools, 55 lakh students, 5 lakh teachers and 45 lakh parents across the country under one platform giving access to the same systems and educational content regardless of location. This programme will enable all the students of Malaysia attain 100% computer literacy as well as proficiency in English language.
According to Kamalanathan, since education has been the government’s thrust area, 21% of the country’s total budgetary layout went in development of its human resource. But BistariNet, the 15-year programme launched in 2012, would entail an expenditure of 4 billion ringgit.
London-based Xchanging, which was roped in via the global tender route to implement the school in cloud scheme, has provided chrome books to students through which they can reach out to teachers and fellow students across schools through out the country. Students also get access to various lesson plans prepared by various teachers and teachers are also enabled to exchange ideas across schools to develop higher teaching standards and lesson plan.
Alok K Sinha, Xchanging’s president and head, global applications & engineering services and also country head India, said establishing interconnectivity among students, teachers and guardians across schools was possible since Malaysia was the first country to have adopted the 4G network. Around 5,000 4G-based stations were enabling BistariNet to function across Malaysia.
“There are places in east Malaysia where transportation is an immense problem and students cannot reach school. BistariNet has reached education to the door steps of the students and students irrespective of schools are exposed to a benchmarked standard of education,” Kamalanathan said.
Sinha said Xchanging was trying to replicate the model in India conforming to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s skill India initiative. Although the Malaysian model was not wholly applicable to the Indian context, addressing the need to reach out to more number of students with standardised teaching practices could well be done using cloud technology. Since education is in the concurrent list, Xchanging has approached the Centre and a number of state governments as well to formulate e- based learning in large scale.
National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), the autonomous body under the ministry of Human Resources, has already roped in Xchanging as its e-governance service provider for three years via the global bidding route, which involved 13 bidders.
Xchanging would design, support and maintain a dynamic cloud hosted website for NCTE, which actually extended solutions to regulatory functions entailing examination of proposals received for recognition of teacher education programme in the country. NCTE has received 10,000 applications from new institutions seeking recognition of education courses this year, an NCTE official said.
Sinha said states like Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab have evinced interest in implementing cloud based technology in their system of education.
(Travel for this report was sponsored by Xchanging)