A team of IPM students namely Anurag Sinha, Hemant Kumar, Ronish Satija, Yavnika Verma, Prince Verma and Deepika Oram worked with Mr. Sanjay Dubey, Divisional Commissioner, Indore to set up smart classes in rural government schools of Indore. It is a common misbelief that a government school teacher is disinterested in teaching his/her students, which causes the break-down of the entire education system. However, the ground reality states that 85 percent of teachers and all the students want the teaching learning process to succeed. But there still exists a gap between the teacher’s message and student’s reception which creates the fault lines in the teaching-learning atmosphere.
The objective of the team was to bridge this gap and help the students learn as much as possible via smart classes. So far, the team has successfully installed a number of smart classes in 25 schools.
The course material being provided is a combination of open educational resources as well as content developed and voiced by the IIM Indore students’ team. The content strictly adheres to the Madhya Pradesh Board of Education’s curriculum and has been arranged exactly as per the MP Board curriculum for ease of use by the teachers. The content as of now covers Maths, Science and English for classes 1st to 8th, with most of the material being in Hindi for easy comprehension by the students.
The student team also takes care of the hardware installations and teacher training in order to get the best output from the initiative ( SBI has come forward and donated 10 computers for the initiative).