Education in rural parts of India is not as advanced as urban areas. However, IIT graduates and IAS officers in remote Godda district, Jharkhand, have taken the first step to reverse this situation and transform the lives of students.
Eckovation, an education start-up begun by IIT-Delhi graduates, joined hands with the Deputy Commissioner of Godda district, Kiran Kumari Pasi, to organise ‘smart classes’ bringing Virtual Reality to over 60 Government schools. They had successfully undertaken a similar project in the Maoist-hit district of Banka, Bihar.
Eckovation set up Gyanodaya, the team leading 3D classes for students. The team provides Virtual Reality (VR) sets in all the branches of Kasturba Gandhi Awasiya Balika Vidyalayas (KGABVs) in Godda district. The 3D and 360-degree videos will enable students to visualise various domains like space, forest life and science. One of the students told The Better India she had only read about the Solar system in books, but the VR sets helped her travel through the solar system.
Ritesh Singh, Founder of Eckovation, said, “Gyanodaya aims to make education more attractive and interesting by providing quality education to every student of the country through the use of new technologies.” He revealed the project was introduced in schools around mid-July. Attendance levels have since increased and students are performing better in their exams.
This venture needs to spread its wings because access to education is necessary and helps students reap benefits.
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