The eMaharashtra Awards are instrumental in promoting the most innovative initiatives in the domain of information communication technology (ICT) for development and to spread awareness about the role of ICTs in addressing social concerns TIS took this initiative to improve the quality of education imparted to children from underprivileged backgrounds, and also to improve their ability to communicate in English. The project aims to build English communication skills in underprivileged children and overcome inadequacies of English teachers in non-English medium schools. This was achieved by prompting existing teachers to improve their skills and imparting standardised language skills to students through creative electronic learning content with an engaging instructional design approach. It was identified that a strong foundation in English is best built at an early stage — therefore the defined target age-group was Classes 1 to 4.
Tata Interactive Systems (TIS), a pioneer and global leader in learning solutions, was recently honoured with the eMaharashtra 2012 award for the best multimedia content for K12 (jury’s choice). The award and certificate for best multimedia content for K12 were presented by Ms Fauzia Khan, state minister, general administration, public health and family welfare, school education, cultural affairs, information and publicity, Government of Maharashtra. The eMaharashtra award exemplifies Tata Interactive Systems’ commitment towards providing excellent education and superior resources to students.
Sanjaya Sharma, chief executive officer, TIS, said, "We are happy and proud to receive the prestigious eMaharashtra award for our multimedia content for K12. Being the world’s leader in innovative learning solutions, we are uniquely positioned to improve the quality of education imparted to children from underprivileged backgrounds. For India to truly hold its own on the global stage, there is a need to improve the quality of education imparted to children from underprivileged backgrounds and also to improve their ability to communicate in English. India’s challenge is not just unemployment, but also un-employability of a vast majority of the people of our country, who are unable to communicate proficiently in English."
TIS, along with Bombay Community Public Trust (BCPT) and NGO Muktangan, collaborated to provide high-quality standardised, interactive English teaching aids based on the government-prescribed curriculum to help children in state-run and private vernacular medium schools overcome the English barrier and become employable.
TIS was responsible for designing and developing the DVDs. NGO Muktangan assisted in guiding the teaching methodology used in DVDs and providing a platform for user-testing. BCPT helped in fundraising, administration, accounting and project coordination. Apart from these three, Tech Mahindra Foundation also provided financial assistance, and NGO Learning Space Foundation helped with distribution of the DVDs in municipal and village schools across Maharashtra. The DVDs have already reached over 75 schools across the state.