WORKSHOP ON AAKASH FOR EDUCATION
NIST was selected as one of the Remote Centres under the NMICT program conducted by IIT, Bombay. Initially a demo and workshop of the low-priced educational tablet Aakash was conducted. The programme was conducted by IIT-Bombay under National Mission on Education through ICT (MHRD, Govt. of India). A number of NIST faculty members participated in the workshop-cum-demo sessions on 10th and 11th November 2012 where experts from IIT-Bombay demonstrated and showed the knowledge-oriented applications that are possible on the Aakash tablet. Sixty-four faculty members and staff participated in this two-day workshop which was conducted simultaneously at 250 different colleges of India using A-view software. At the end of the workshop, a few groups of four persons each were formed where each group submitted a project proposal. The workshop showed how lectures can be delivered by experts using multi-way visual interaction from remote locations. Tutorials and labs were also conducted at remote centres by expert faculty at IIT Bombay.