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The Economic TimesBangaloreJune 20 , 2008The Hindustan TimesChandigarhJune 3 , 2008The Asian AgeNew DelhiJune 20 , 2008The HinduNew DelhiJune 20 , 2008(21)

HitavdaNagpurJune 6 , 2008(22)

The HinduHydrabadMay 29 , 2008(23)

The StatesmanNew DelhiJune 25 , 2008Business StandardNew DelhiJune 25 , 2008(24)

The Hindu Business LineNew DelhiJune 25 , 2008(25)

Aaj SamajNew DelhiJune 25 , 2008(26)

Dainik BhaskarNew DelhiJune 26 , 2008(27)

Dainik JagranNew DelhiJune 25 , 2008The Financial ExpressNew DelhiJune 25 , 2008(28)

The HinduChannaiJune 30 , 2008(29)

Dainik BhaskarChandigarhMay 26 , 2008(30)

The Financial WorldChandigarhJune 25 , 2008Amar UjalaChandigarhJune 1 , 2008(31)

Times Ascent Online - Human Resource news and trends, Career and cision, Corporate life & Language, Business and entreprenuershipIndiatimes My Mail RSS Make Times Ascent your home pageHome Gyan Gurus Story Board HR Trends Events Resources Job Wise Readers Corner Corporate Mission Book Reviews Corporate Graffiti Epaper Newsletter Times Ascent AdsYou are here: Home / HR Trends - TechnologyMore in this SectionAdvertisementNIIT.comFeedback - Ads by GoogleHR Trends - TechnologyLearning the m-way!Sheetal SrivastavaSumit Jain, a student of Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennaihas always been exposed to hi-tech gadgets. He says they are a part andparcel of his life. “Besides calling or messaging, I do a lot of other things onmy phone. I sync the outlook with the phone, which helps me receiveemails,” notes Sumit. Not only this, if Sumit misses his lectures, he canview them on his phone. “I take the lecture notes from my friends and storethem in my phone for future reference,” adds Sumit.Technology revolution in HRA ‘tech’ed lifeLearning the m-way!How secure is your information?IT firms go the training wayDangerously addictiveThe Other Side .Tech Slaves6 degrees of separationLog on to SuccessProductive slackingFace / offSearchGoAdvertisementNewsGlobal Vectra targets defencetalent for pilotsNRI students make a beeline forIIMsMcKinsey to advise L&T& onsuccessionAdvertisementThe younger generation wants a more collaborative and interactive interfaceto learn, something they can carry in their iPods and mobiles. m-learning isthe latest trend in the industry of corporate learning where organisationsare looking at podcast and mobile lessons for their employees. MobileLearning (m-learning) utilises innovations such as wireless communication,Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), digital content from traditional textbooksand more, thereby providing a dynamic learning environment for studentsand laying the framework for more exploration into the fusion of educationand technology.Sujit Singh, VP, sales & marketing, Microsense, observes, “m-learningfacilitates dissemination of knowledge or a given application on any portabledevice such as Mobile, PDA, laptops, etc. It overcomes the learning barriersconfined to a fixed room or campus and also leverages the reach and use ofincreasingly used portable gadgets. The rapid growth in the mobile andcommunication sector makes it possible to develop new forms of education.”However, Karthik KS, CEO, 24x7 Learning, says, “Mobile learning issomething we learn through mobiles. There is a huge difference in thenumber of internet users vis-à-vis mobile users. Mobile is now becoming amedium to learn. People love to get access to information even while theyare travelling.”m-learning is a revolutionary medium of training, and is gaining popularityamongst organisations. But, how does it help in corporate training? Withchanging dynamics of business environment in times of globalisation,continuous learning of employees has become a necessity. Remote learningenables people to undergo training programs without affecting their workschedules.“A lot of executives travel for business purposes. m-learning enableslearners to learn even while they are on a move. With an ever-increasingbase of internet and mobile users in India, m-learning provides greaterreach,” opines Vipul Rastogi, VP & head, NIIT’s Enterprise Learning Solutions(India).“Since this form of training does not require huge amount of investment insetting up of infrastructure, trainers, etc., the total cost of training fororganisations comes down. It enables anytime, anywhere learning as thelearner is not confined to a room or a lab,” adds Rastogi.However, currently, Singh expects m-learning being adopted more byeducational institutions for its "Anytime, Anywhere" learning. “In the verynear future, the advent of this technology allows us to have various types ofnew opportunities of "m-" logisms (e.g., m-office, m-government, mcommerce, m-health, m-learning, and so on),” he adds.Having said the above, what is the role of different companies in the mlearning domain?“Good m-learning makes the most of being on location, providing immediateaccess, being connected, and acknowledges learning that occurs beyond(and in conjunction with) formal learning settings, in places such as theworkplace, home, and outdoors. So connectivity/medium is the key carrierfor making m-learning reach the mass. Microsense having deployedthousands of hotspots, having unwired millions of square metres of area andnow unwiring the cities of Bangalore and Pune, will be a key player tocomplement m-learning's growth in this country,” asserts Singh.NIIT’s Enterprise Solutions which has the world’s largest contentdevelopment facility, has been developing learning content to enable m-http://www.timesascent.in/index.aspx?page article§id 6&contentid 2008071520080715125523547910a114e(32)Page 1 of 2

Times Ascent Online - Human Resource news and trends, Career and cision, Corporate life & Language, Business and entreprenuershiplearning. “With clients from various verticals, we have an expertise todevelop content for m-learning based on the specific vertical need and clientrequirement,” says Rastogi.India is witnessing a rapid growth in mobile and internet penetration in thecountry. With 250 million mobile subscribers and about 42 million internetconnections, the market is huge and growing. This will lead to popularity ofm-learning in the country, which is currently in a nascent stage.Convergence of mobile, internet, TV etc services on a single gadget will leadto increased awareness and popularity of this form of training in the nextfew years.“The good thing in India is that the proliferation of mobiles is much morethan in other developed countries. The m-learning trend is slow but it iscertain to pick up in the near future,” says KS.“m-learning is how e-learning was a decade ago which has now survived theprolonged inertia,” concludes Singh.(Please send in your comments/queries to [email protected])Rate me.Mail this articlePrint this articlePost Comments*Name:*Email address:*Comments:SubmitFields marked * are compulsaryTerms & ent.in/index.aspx?page article§id 6&contentid 2008071520080715125523547910a114ePage 2 of 2(33)

HomeAbout BernamaSitemapHelpdeskE-mail usRecommend usFull News ListSearchBusinessBusiness NewsFront PageNewsMarketsPress ReleaseArchived NewsLinksJune 15, 2008 15:34 PMNIIT To Expand Education And Training Centres InMalaysiaBy Premalatha JayaramanKUALA LUMPUR, June 15 (Bernama) -- NIIT, a global information technology (IT)service corporation, plans to expand its education and training centres inMalaysia to 50 within the next three years.Its chief executive officer Vijay Kumar Thadani, in stating this, said NIIT currentlyhas centres in Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Prai, Seremban, Melaka, Johor Baharu,Teluk Intan, Penang, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu."The target is to increase this to 50 over the next three years with the strongsupport of the government," he told Bernama in a recent interview.NIIT, which was founded in 1982, offers training, education, knowledgemanagement, e-learning and software solutions in over 37 countries worldwidewith over 1,000 corporate clients and 400,000 individuals.The India-based corporation made its entry into Malaysia in 1997 and wasamong the first 20 global companies to be conferred the MSC Malaysia status.According to Thadani, NIIT is looking at collaborating with educational institutionsthat offer degree programmes."Much of the focus in NIIT's programme is on skill development. We believe aformal degree programme provides a strong foundation of knowledge," he said.At present, NIIT has a partnership with Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unitar) forthe development of over 100 hours of instructional materials for its bachelor'sdegree programme.Thadani said NIIT had also licensed its Vista multimedia engine for developingfuture learning content to Unitar.He also highlighted the need for skilled manpower in the global information andcommunications technology (ICT) industry and the important role that countrieslike Malaysia can play in meeting this need."There will be an estimated shortage of nearly 56 million IT professionals in thedeveloped countries by 2020. NIIT is focused in developing the relevant talent incountries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and India to meet this need," hesaid.-- BERNAMA(34)http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/news business.php?id 339585Go !

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The Economic Times Bangalore June 20 , 2008 The Asian Age New Delhi June 20 , 2008 The Hindu New Delhi June 20 , 2008 The Hindustan Times Chandigarh June 3 , 2008 (22) Hitavda Nagpur June 6 , 2008 (23) The Hindu Hydrabad May 29 , 2008 (24) The Statesman . Corporate Graffiti Epaper Newsletter Times Ascent Ads More in this Section .