IIT Kharagpur researchers develop e-Classroom for academics

Kolkata, August 15

Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed a software program which could be of immense assist to academics who’re at present going through challenges as the complete classroom session has shifted to on-line mode in several academic establishments within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof Raja Datta of Electronics and Electrical Communication Department together with his postgraduate college students developed the software program, the present model of which can be utilized inside a campus LAN, an IIT Kharagpur spokesperson stated on Saturday.

Talking concerning the software program ‘Deekshak’, Datta stated, “It is now a single session platform where the teacher would concentrate on the screen with the teaching materials while being able to view queries on a live chat box where each student can send in their queries.”

Students even have entry to a doubt field the place they will click on to “raise their hand” and anticipate the trainer to handle it, as is completed in a bodily classroom.

Teachers may share paperwork with the scholars by the platform and even replace notes on the paperwork in real-time, Datta stated.

‘Deekshak’ is a low bandwidth web-based software program and could be accessed utilizing any laptop or perhaps a cellular phone.

Teachers may document attendance of the scholars on the platform.

The software program has been examined at IIT Kharagpur in the course of the preliminary section of social distancing with about 40 hours of lessons being performed with a complete of roughly 300 college students.

IIT Kharagpur, Director Prof Virendra Okay Tewari stated, “We need platforms for addressing challenges faced by India and Deekshak is designed to cater to Indian academia, be it the bandwidth issue, or user interface or storage.”

He stated, “Deekshak is one step towards that goal through which the teachers would be able to offer more personalised interaction while focusing better on the act of teaching.”

IIT Kharagpur has utilized for the copyright registration of Deekshak and is in quest of a start-up firm for its maintainability.

Further improvement of Deekshak can be underway to enhance its options and make it safe in order that it may be made out there to be used in academia, stated Datta. — PTI

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