As part of this collaboration, Intel has made available the Intel® Pentium® Processor A1020 to leading device manufacturer partners. This processor delivers power savings and is optimal for devices designed for running education applications in semi-urban and rural India.
The initiative taps on the comprehensive ecosystem of vendors to deliver one-stop solutions. Intel is enabling the standard availability of devices, as well as education content and solutions on the Intel® Pentium® Processor A1020. Going forward, any educational institute looking to implement technology solutions will be able deploy technology-based solutions in a faster and more efficient manner. Intel’s backend infrastructure will enable devices and solutions to connect and provide a seamless education experience to the student and teacher community, as well as to the school managements.
Addressing the need to strengthen the education solutions ecosystem, Ms. Debjani Ghosh – Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group and Managing Director, Intel South Asia, said, “Education is one of the most powerful tools we have for unlocking economic opportunity, and for building a strong foundation for a Digital India. Technology is also playing an increasingly critical role in enabling anytime, anywhere learning, without compromising on data privacy and security. Over the past decade, Intel and Intel® Foundation have invested more than $1 billion in over 100 countries, towards universal education programs. This initiative to create a comprehensive ecosystem is another such endeavor to establish an accessible digital infrastructure that enables affordable solutions.”
Dr. Jatinder Singh, Sr. Secretary, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, commented, “Chamber is happy to partner with Intel for promoting technology in education. Technology will be the center stage in every part of the curriculum and this will exponentially enhance the digitally literacy rate in our country. PHD Chamber believes that ICTs can empower teachers and learners and can transform teaching and learning processes to student-centered from teacher-centered.”
In this education solutions ecosystem, device manufacturers such as Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, Micromax, Datamini, and iBall, will continue to provide a spectrum of Intel® Architecture
based devices, which includes devices powered by the Intel® Pentium® Processor A1020, which can meet the price performance expectations of a wide range of customers. The Education Solution Providers will help deploy management solutions for schools, classrooms, content and learning, and also manage student information systems. In addition, Education Application Providers will enable software apps that help foster skills in the communication, collaboration, MDM (mobile device management), and virtual collaboration tools space. Finally, digital content publishers will focus on delivering locally relevant curriculum and content.
Building on half a century of technology leadership, and more than a decade of experience in creating education solutions worldwide, Intel is aware of the need for a comprehensive approach towards building a 21st century learning environment in India. Through various digital literacy initiatives, including co-founding the National Digital Literacy Mission with NASSCOM in 2012, the company has continuously collaborated with the Government to drive macro-level change, by bringing the power of technology to an untapped generation of users.
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Neeraj Gill, General Manager-Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation India Private Ltd., said “We are delighted to collaborate with Intel in enabling the digital transformation journey of students. Microsoft is committed to empowering students across the world do more. We view technology as a tool that promotes lifelong learning, makes education inclusive and creates a world of new opportunities. We believe with this effort by Intel learning will become more accessible, participative and interactive, helping students achieve academic success and prepare for their futures.”
Mark Murphy, VP Devices, IoT Sales & Alliances, Canonical, said “Canonical is happy to partner with Intel to further support to education and government partners in India. Ubuntu is the leading open source Operating System for Education and Government, with a large ecosystem of open source and commercial software solutions to address all needs from primary schools all the way to university and governments.”
Indrajit Belgundi, General Manager & Director, Client Solutions Group, Dell India said, “Dell is proud to collaborate with Intel on the new processor launch of the Intel® Pentium® Processor A1020, targeted for the education ecosystem. The education segment is the foundation for building awareness around personal computing and in enabling the Digital India vision of empowering the student community with the power of technology. Dell is closely working with Intel in executing this vision and will soon have product platforms available on this new processor.”
Rajiv Srivastava, Managing Director, Hewlett Packard India, said “It gives us immense pleasure to work with Intel in this transformational journey for students in India. Digital education today has paved way for virtual classrooms which, makes learning attainable and provides easy access everywhere and every time. We believe that this digital transformation in education will bring uniformity in standards of learning across India and Hewlett Packard Inc. is committed to provide technology and infrastructure support to such initiatives.”
Pitamber Ahuja, Managing Director, Datamini Technologies India Ltd., said, “Datamini is proud to be part of the Intel Initiative in building robust Education ecosystem which will accelerate and transform utilization of technology in education space. Datamini performance packed cost effective devices like 2 in 1, tablets with content and managements solutions will help students to transform their skills to the 21st century need.”
Subraneel Bose, Head-Government and Public Sector, Lenovo India, said “Lenovo is proud to associate with Intel on the new processor launch of the Intel® Pentium® Processor A1020, targeted at the education ecosystem. We are confident that this new launch and the activations being done by both Lenovo and Intel in enabling the Digital India vision of a PC in every household, will go a long way in empowering the student community. Lenovo is closely working with Intel in executing this vision and will soon have the platforms available on this new processor.”
Harish Kohli, MD Acer India said, “Acer is proud to collaborate with Intel on the new processor launch of the Intel® Pentium® Processor A1020, which is purpose-built for the education segment. This joint initiative will bring the much needed boost to improve PC penetration in the country. With the slew of activations being done by both Acer and Intel on this new platform, we believe it helps translate the Digital India vision of making PCs accessible and affordable to every household. Given the demographic dividend that India enjoys, empowering the student community with such a targeted approach, will provide multiplier benefits to the economy. Acer as a global PC vendor has been the leading OEM partner in quickly executing this vision. With its long presence and a strong track record in the education segment Acer will be proactively deploying its resources in addressing all emerging opportunities in this space.”
Beas Ralhan, CEO Next Education India, said, “Next Education is excited and proud to be part of any initiative which would help strengthen the education ecosystem. We understand that a robust ecosystem builds a strong foundation and catapults an industry into growth. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Intel for incessantly raising the technology bar in education and enriching the student community. I am most certain that millions of our users will be excited to experience our cutting edge software and content through future rich power packed laptops and 2 in 1 on Intel.”
Amit Srivastava, Founder, Kopykitab, said, “In line with our vision to make education affordable, accessible and entertaining it is exciting and proud to know that Intel is launching an education ecosystem with focus on empowering every student in India. We are sure that the new robust laptops and 2 in1s, based on the Intel® Pentium® Processor A1020 will revolutionize the way digital education content is consumed in India. Kopykitab solutions optimized on Intel® Architecture will ignite every students mind to learn content in more enjoyable format.”
Atul Kulshreshta, Chairman and M D, Extramarks Education India Pvt. Ltd., said, “Extramarks is excited to be part of Intel initiative to launch an education ecosystem, which will transform the education sector in India. Our alliance would offer optimized learning solutions based on the new robust Intel® Pentium® Processor A1020 platform based architecture to create and extend computing technologies to every Indian student community. With the new purpose build laptops and 2 in 1 students can seamlessly access Extramarks learning solutions within and outside classroom.”
Alok Singh, Founder Chairman, Novatium Solutions, said, “Intel’s vision to enhance the reach of education in the country through technology has complemented our own vision of reaching out computing to the masses. It has indeed been a pleasure partnering with Intel in education and e-governance initiatives in the country over the past years. Intel’s powerful tablet, 2-in-1 and laptops offer a robust and powerful platform for our cloud based education management solution. The common architecture enables our platform to work across device form factor with minimal effort and thus helps us to provide a seamless experience for our users. We are excited to take education closer to every child in partnership with Intel.”
Peter Chang, Regional Head – South Asia & Country Manager – ASUS India, said, “Asus is excited to collaborate with Intel on this initiative that will contribute to the overall Digital India vision that the Government is pushing. Education is a key pillar of this vision, and we believed that the latest processor by Intel, built for the education ecosystem, will empower not just the students, but their communities as whole. We are confident that with the availability of Intel Architecture based Asus devices, the Indian education sector will see accelerated adoption of technology”.
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