People living in economically disadvantaged areas of India now have access to vocational, business and IT skills training, thanks to HP’s new Future Classroom program. Blending the latest in IT to support the compelling need for 21st century skills development, HP Future Classroom provides a platform for delivering world-class skills training to students and job seekers in India. The HP Future Classroom program is an example of HP Living Progress—creating a better future through our actions and innovations.
The cloud-enabled, rapidly-deployable classrooms were conceived by HP Corporate Affairs India in collaboration with HP Technology Services India. Designed to fit within a standard shipping container, each classroom is equipped with HP hardware and Internet connectivity. The HP technology is supported by a suite of software solutions that students and teachers can also access at home via the Internet including:
- HP VideoBook—sources videos in line with text to make learning an immersive experience
- SIMS (Student Information Management Solution)—a course management solution
- Skillport—a skills content library
- An integrated user portal and dashboard
- HP Future Classroom education portal—including HP LIFE e-Learning
As part of the program launch, 17 trainers participated in an HP LIFE e-Learning training session which introduced them to the online IT and business skills training program, and the benefits of using hybrid learning methods. The trainers left the session with the knowledge and practical examples they needed to integrate HP LIFE e-Learning’s training content successfully into their classes.
Working with local partner National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), and nonprofit Pratham, seven HP Future Classrooms have been deployed in India’s Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Utter Pradesh regions. Together, they will provide training to more than 3,200 students, helping to bridge the digital education gap encountered by those living in remote regions.
"There is an urgent need to build skills for a nation that is aspiring to create a digital identity of its own,” says Lux Rao, Country Leader, HP Future Cities and CTO, Technology Services. “With Internet access becoming ubiquitous and readily available, IT can play a big role in providing a medium for students to get the skills they need to enhance their job opportunities. We believe that the Future Classroom can lend wings to the aspirations of millions of Indians by building employability skills to provide an opportunity for better jobs and an enhanced quality of life."