Tech in the classroom

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January 12, 2015 12:20 AM

Innovative technology from MGRM is changing classrooms in a big way, making the learning environment more creative and collaborative

Let’s face it, today’s schools and colleges are vastly different from the ones we attended back in the 80s and 90s. A present-day school or college is literally a small society comprising of students, faculty, administrators, staff, parents and alumni with its own dynamics. Many educational institutions have deployed technology in the form of student information systems which are merely databases; some have even streamlined their administrative and management processes with expensive hardware-software mix. Can one system meet the needs of the entire school or college community, which can create a high quality educational ecosystem, where all stakeholders including parent community are able to associate and contribute meaningfully to the wholesome development of the child?

Definitely yes, says Partha Mohanty, senior vice-president—technical, MGRM Net, headquartered in New York with a presence in more than 34 countries, including India. “MGRM’s global relationship management team of over 150 analysts has studied worldwide educational systems, covering more than 100,000 schools, 300 colleges and 120 universities to develop educational e-governance systems under the brand name M-Star Education Expert System.

MGRM’s M-Star School Expert System and M-Star College Expert System have been deployed across 150 educational institutions in the country. Some of these include Bal Bharati Public School, Noida, St Peter’s School, Faridabad, Delhi Public School, Amritsar, Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar, Phase-1 and Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Lodhi Estate in Delhi, Mahaveer Public School and BVB Vidyasharam in Jaipur, among others.

According to Mohanty, world over it has been demonstrated that education institutions which have implemented integrated IT solutions have benefitted much more than streamlining their administrative and management processes. Through the use of such solutions, educational institutions are able to create a high quality school ecosystem, where all stakeholders including parent community are able to associate and contribute meaningfully to the common objective—the wholesome development of the child.

Mohanty reveals that educational institutions in India are undergoing a transformation with extensive use of modern technology to improve their operations. Students and teachers need opportunities to participate, interact and shape their learning experiences; parents demand anytime access to information and services pertaining to their wards; administrators and staff members need a practical blend of academic and business processes. Alumni want to stay in touch with each other and with their school.

M-Star Expert System is a Pactop enabled, process-driven, integrated e-governance application for schools and colleges, encompassing all academic and administrative processes. The solution has been developed by MGRM after a thorough study of educational systems. Mohanty says that it is flexible in a way that it can be applied to any educational system and yet be customised to a very high degree to fit in with all the required parameters and diverse needs of an institution.

In fact, for one of the schools its management believes that the M-Star School Expert System has enabled it to greatly aid in the physical, psychological and social development of the students and has been a key factor in the rapid rise of it becoming one of the topmost schools in New Delhi in just over a decade. Through the use of the system, the school has been able to create a high quality school ecosystem where all stakeholders including parent community have been able to associate and contribute meaningfully to the wholesome development of the child. This has immense advantages on the child’s learning and development as the entire set of people within the school and at home that are responsible for the child’s development are able to play a coordinated role towards the same; minimising the chances of conflict in approaches and inputs to the developing mind of the child.

From a technology point of view, the vital and most visible element of M-Star is micro-processor chip embedded multi-functionality “Online Multi-Domain Value Card (OmVcard). This card serves as a personal ID as well as allows to access school/college library, certify attendance, handle cafeteria/uniform/book store charges, user’s health history,  collect school fee and other functions.

Put simply, school doesn’t have to be boring anymore. M-Star technology is turning the traditional teacher-led class on its head.

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