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- NIIT Imperia’s remote-classroom technology enables young chess champions across the nation to interact and play with World No. 1
Simultaneous release in Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai on May 31, 2007:
MindChampion Viswanathan Anand has played simultaneous chess with multiple challengers, many times before. But the simultaneous chess that he played with 6 opponents located in cities as far apart as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, while being at the Kolkata studio of NIIT Imperia Centre for Advanced Learning, was a first-time experience for him.
NIIT Imperia used its innovative ‘Synchronous Learning’ technology to connect the recently crowned World No. 1 Vishy Anand, with chess enthusiasts, students and representatives of media across these six cities.
Vishy’s challengers across these six cities included the most-promising young members of amateur chess clubs. Aged between 8 and 18 years, many of these young players have already achieved FIDE rankings and participated in national and international events.  8-year old Harshal Shahi, the youngest player to have been rated internationally last year; Raja Surya J. (Asian under-14 Gold Medal winner); Mahalakshmi M (World under-8 Bronze Medal winner) and Sayantan Das (Sub Junior Champion) were among those who took on the World No 1.
The unique Synchronous Learning technology–-used by NIIT Imperia for its Executive Education programs—connects remote classrooms live with faculty from the Indian Institutes of Management at Ahmedabad, Calcutta and Indore. Dedicated two-way audio-video interaction systems and special software that fully replicates face-to-face teaching, lie at the core of this new teaching technology.
NIIT Brand Ambassador, Anand utilized the same teaching capabilities of this technology to conduct lively tutorials for chess enthusiasts in the six cities, during which he also analysed a few of the landmark games from his career. Using the same platform he also responded to questions from this dispersed audience, on technical aspects of chess, his professional career and the experience of being Numero Uno in World Chess.
Earlier in the day, Viswanathan Anand addressed a six-city live press conference. This was Vishy’s first media conference after being crowned World No. 1, as well as his first-ever multi-city press interaction.
Speaking at the media event, NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand said, “It feels great to chat and play with friends across the country using NIIT Imperia’s technology, which seems to make distances disappear due to the high level of interactivity. I would love to use this medium to reach out to chess enthusiasts across the county.”
Earlier welcoming the Chess Champion, Mr. Udai Singh, Head, NIIT Imperia, said, “NIITians and students across the country join me in congratulating Vishy for his recent feat. It is an honour for NIIT Imperia to have the MindChampion at our centre and use the platform to reach out to his fans and students across the country.
NIIT is committed to bringing the best to its students—be it management education from the best B-Schools; learning experience through usage of latest and the best technology platform or World Champion like Vishy,” added Mr. Singh.
Earlier this month NIIT Imperia launched a range of new programs, through its alliance with the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. These include executive programs in Financial Reporting Practices (US GAAP, IFRS and Indian GAAP) of 6 months’ duration; Applied Finance (1 year), and Senior Management Program (1 year).
Additionally, through NIIT Imperia’s partnership with IIM-Indore, the institute is offering Post Graduate Certificate Program in Sales & Marketing (1 year) and a PG Certificate Program in Management (1 year) for the batch starting June 2007.
As part of the tie-up with NIIT Imperia, the IIMs have designed and developed the content and will provide faculty and certification for these programs. The technology, synchronous classrooms across the country and the management of the distributed education system is being provided by NIIT. NIIT has also integrated its Learning Management and e-learning systems with this technology, and is implementing and managing the overall student experience. 
Hundreds of working professionals comprising of middle and senior level managers have already enrolled for NIIT Imperia programs in the first six months of its inception. Nearly one-third of NIIT Imperia students come from the IT industry including top IT companies such as Infosys, Wipro, IBM, Accenture, TCS, Cognizant, Dell, Ernst & Young, Boston Consulting Group, Yahoo and Oracle. Many come from organizations in the Financial, Manufacturing and the Services sector, such as Reliance Industries, Bharti Enterprises, Dr Reddy's Labs, HSBC, HCL, HDFC, ICICI Bank, L&T, SBI, Citigroup, American Express, Godrej, ITC, Motorola, among others.
Note on Synchronous Learning
Synchronous learning can be used as an effective tool in bringing together the faculty and students, otherwise separated by significant distances, using cutting-edge technology. Through the new high-tech environment, students can experience learning almost in the same way as they would if they were in a normal classroom, querying their instructor and answering questions. Dedicated broadband two-way audio-video, together with special software to replicate face-to-face teaching, are used in this application.
Normal classroom practices such as students raising their hands to interrupt the teacher, clarify their doubts, browse the power point presentations, submit quizzes, send assignments and use the white board or any other application sharing facility, are possible in this form of education.
Background on NIIT Imperia
NIIT Imperia is a unique example of public-private partnership, where India’s premier institutes in the formal education space have joined hands with Asia’s largest private-sector training company, to provide a solution that the country will benefit from.
Launched in September 2006 marking NIIT’s foray into the executive management education space, NIIT Imperia introduced long and short-term programs in general and functional management to working executives, from the IIMs in Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Indore, in the first phase. More details on
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