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NIIT launches Baroda’s first ‘NIIT eGuru Math Lab’

Baroda, October 17, 2008: Launching a breakthrough initiative that aims at making the vital subject of mathematics simpler, easier and fun to learn for school students, leading Global Talent Development Corporation- NIIT, today installed the first ‘NIIT eGuru Math Lab’, at Zenith School in Baroda. The installation of ‘NIIT eGuru Math Lab’ also marks the establishment of the first such Math Lab in the city of Baroda. 

Dr R G Kothari, Professor (Education), M.S. University & Former Vice Chancellor Veer Narmad South Guj. University, inaugurated the revolutionary concept in presence of Mr L Balasubramanian, President, School Learning Solutions, NIIT Ltd and Mr S P Nandi (English) and Mr  Chouhan (Gujarathi)Principal, Zenith School, Baroda. 

‘NIIT eGuru Math Lab’—a novel concept, enables school students to learn & explore mathematical concepts and verify mathematical facts & theorems using tools such as the Geometer’s Sketchpad. This is a dynamic construction and exploration tool that spans the mathematical curriculum from Standard 1 to 12, being made available to Indian schools, jointly by NIIT.  

Speaking on the launch Dr R G Kothari said, “Children are the founding blocks of a nation. In today’s competing times they need all the tools at their disposal to rise up to the challenge of shaping a progressive nation. Tools like NIIT eGURU Math Lab will help make their foundations strong, thus enabling them to take on these challenges.”

 Speaking at the launch of ‘NIIT eGuru Math Lab’, Mr S P Nandi Principal, Zenith School, Baroda said, “We have always believed in providing the best for our students. In this regard it is heartening to see how NIIT eGuru Math Lab brings back the excitement into a traditionally difficult subject like Mathematics. We are sure that through this association, our students will not only comprehend Math, but will also excel in their grades.” 

Mr. L. Balasubramanian, President-School Learning Solutions, NIIT commented, “NIIT is committed to making education more impactful and interactive, by leveraging IT, and ensuring that the best tools and resources are made available to school students. We are pleased to find a partner in Zenith School that is extremely progressive when it comes to giving its students the best inputs for better academic results.”

 “NIIT eGuru Math Lab is a breakthrough initiative that aims at making the vital subject of Mathematics simpler, easier and a fun way to learn. We are confident that more and more schools will turn to this solution to make the subject of Mathematics interesting for their students”, added Balasubramanian. 

Late last year, the school curriculum governing body, NCERT, through the National Curriculum Framework indicated that Mathematics subject would be treated as a prime focus area in schools, till 2010, with an emphasis on making the subject more visually appealing and an enjoyable learning experience for students. In line with this mission, CBSE, the apex body for secondary education in schools had issued directives to all schools following the CBSE curriculum, to install a Math Lab for promoting the subject. CBSE had also directed that 20% of the marks be allocated to each student from the Lab Assessments, towards the final marks. 

NIIT, which offers computer and computer aided education to 7.8 million students across over 9,500 schools, brings its expertise and reach in schools and will now additionally offer revolutionary ‘Geometer’s Sketchpad’ as part of the active tool in NIIT eGuru Math Lab.  

NIIT eGuru Math Lab offers Multiple Teaching and Learning Aids comprising of Technology Applications, Videos, Measuring Instruments, Tables and Charts, to schools. Based on the three pillars of ‘Imagination, Investigation and Interaction’, it provides an opportunity to students to understand, internalize, discover and verify the basic mathematical and geometrical concepts through concrete objects and situations, thus building interest and confidence in students learning the subject. The laboratory also allows and encourages the students to think, discuss amongst themselves as well as with the teacher, and assimilate concepts. 

In addition to providing greater scope for individual participation in the process of learning and becoming autonomous learners, the Math Lab also enables the teacher to demonstrate, explain and reinforce abstract mathematical ideas by using concrete objects, models, charts, graphs, pictures, posters, etc. 

About Zenith School, Baroda  

Zenith School, situated in the culturally rich city of Vadodara is a pioneering institution catering learning based on a perfect blend of Public School and Indian Cultural heritage, aiming at providing holistic education – a schooling of harmonious development of personality – physical, intellectual and emotional. The careful design of school curriculum creates a platform to promote multiple intelligence opportunities and diversity to address varied capabilities among the learners.

 The school was founded in 1952 beginning with a small Balwadi  (Nursery School).  In 1964 the Huseinabai Charitable Trust was formed by the visionaries of the Barodawala family to adopt the school and take it to the global standard.  To bring up the school from its sibling form, to today’s techno savvy school providing quality education, believing each new day to be a beginning to soar to a new horizon. 

Zenith School inspires the children to go beyond academics to learn ‘how to learn’ and excel in their abilities at their peak level. 

The teachers are the sources of inspiration for the students and many a time to the management. They never lose sight of the factors that groom, learns to translate their innate potential and make optimum use of their abilities in academics to excel in every area of study in an innovative, interactive and highly effective manners.  The management always takes keen interest to make the staff techno savvy constantly aware of the global pedagogical milieu and update their knowledge and skills arranging seminars, workshops and in service training of global standard. 

The teaching learning processes in the classrooms are most interactive giving emphasis on formation of concept rather than content.  The sense of enquiry and questioning helps them know and explore the surrounding, which makes learning at Zenith School an activity based, joyful learning experience. The comprehensive and continuous evaluation procedure of academics and non-academics helps the systems as well as the parents to have the feedback and to take necessary remedial measure. We emphasize on a minimum level of learning per standard, which all the children must attain 

Zenith School has become proactive in embracing technology with a commitment to expose the children to the best available learning mechanism.  The hi-tech computer labs for most modern computer education at all levels, sophisticated language laboratory with lingua phone for development of linguistic competence and multimedia learning, e-guru Maths Lab and novel and most modern visual media in regular class rooms, online test, Quizdom test are some of the features in active practice.  The school has adopted the wired technology for all the teaching, academic practice and intra-school communication and online test for students. Zenith School has the opportunity of partnership with the best external Agencies bringing revolution in education to provide the most effective conceptual learning experience to the students and teachers as well.  

The school does not let learning to be monotonous and isolated.  Both the hemispheres of brain are equally nurtured.  The school has the effective provision of training the students in Indian Classical, Western music and dance.  Art and music of the school have made hallmark over the years. Students are trained exposed to various games, sports and karate. 

Zenith Band is very popular in the city and in the state as well.  Our Scouts & Guides and NCC cadets draw every year a number of Rastrapati Puraskar and Rajyapal Puraskar.  A good number participate in various national camps and expeditions. 

It is a regular feature for our school children to accolade at the city, state and national levels in various activates, drawing large appreciation and laurels. 

About NIIT

NIIT, Asia’s No. 1 IT trainer and leading Global Talent Development Corporation, offers learning and knowledge solutions to over 5 million students across 40 countries. 

Leading IT magazine Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT, the Top IT Training Company Award 2007. Rated among India’s Business Superbrands 2008, NIIT’s Individual Learning Business offerings include industry-endorsed programs for students seeking careers in IT - GNIIT, Integrated ANIIT for Engineers (IAE), and Advanced Technology Programs for IT professionals. 

NIIT offers turnkey IT integration program for schools. NIIT has provided computer-based learning to over 9,500 government and private schools.

 For working professionals, NIIT Imperia, Centre for Advanced Learning, offers Executive Management Education Programmes in association with Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Ahmedabad, Indore and Kolkata. 

NIIT Institute of Finance Banking & Insurance (IFBI), formed by NIIT with equity participation from ICICI Bank, offers programs for individuals and corporates in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance. 

NIIT Institute of Process Excellence Ltd., formed in joint venture with Genpact will address the increasing demand for skilled workers in the business & technology services industry by providing training programs in relevant areas.  

NIIT’s Corporate Learning Solutions, offers integrated learning solutions (including strategic consulting, learning design, content development, delivery, technology, assessment and learning management) to Fortune 500 companies, Universities, Technology companies, Training corporations and Publishing houses. 

Element K delivers learning solutions for customers and partners through a tailored combination of catalog learning products, technology, and services. The offerings include: vLab®: hands-on labs, instructor-led courseware, comprehensive e-reference libraries, technical journals, and KnowledgeHub™: hosted learning management platform.  

NIIT together with Element K is now the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide. 

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