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C-DAC to make e-learning a reality

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has developed an e-learning software that can provide courses directly to television set-top boxes. C-DAC has tied up with Educational Media Research Centre and 80 of their courses will be available on set-top-boxes soon.


Novel Idea: C-DAC has developed an e-learning software that can provide courses directly to television set-top boxes. Representation Pic.

The software will be launched by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in the city today on the occasion of the 26th foundation day of C-DAC.

“Most e-learning softwares available now are one way. However, the software we developed is interactive and the users can get themselves engaged in it through quizzes and other programmes,” informed Mahesh Kulkarni, head of the language technology at C-DAC. The software will enable distance learning through television. Some topics provided by the software include healthcare, commerce, governance and entertainment.

Apart from this, C-DAC will also be launching a tool useful for pathology laboratories that carry out human blood sampling. This technology, called an automatic bio-chemistry analyser, performs tests on blood samples with minimal human assistance.

“Each sample takes maximum five seconds which leads to faster results. At present, these bio-chemistry analysers are imported in India. The C-DAC bio-chemistry analyser will help in reducing cost,” said Rajat Moona, director general of C-DAC.

C-DAC has also released a software for network management mainly usable for local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN). This
software will detect any unusual activity by computer users and take action on the user immediately.

Looking back at C-DAC’s performance for the past 25 years, Moona said, “We have worked endlessly in areas such as language technology, e-governance, and various applications for the north-east region. Our focus has now moved on to a wider range of topics that include e-governance, medical electronics and professional electronics, among others. We are also exploring new capabilities in high-performance computing and, in the coming years, will see more citizen-friendly products from our stable.”

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will officially launch the products today at the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) at 6 pm.

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