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E-learning is turning out to be a tool to reach out to poor students and those living in remotest part of India, industry leaders from the country have said. "We have reached out to the deepest of the forest of Chhattisgarh and bring out some really good students from forest dwelling tribal society to learn English," said Ashutosh Tripathi, executive director of the Krishna Public School Raipur which has 20 schools in the central state. "It is high time we reach out to the students from tribal folks and give them skill, rather than just education," said Tripathi after receiving an award as a leading private school operator from the Business Excellence & Research Group (BERG) last night. "There is so much to do in one state," he said of the potential of teaching in Chhattisgarh where it has enrolled over 40,000 students. Another award winner at the BERG event was eAge EduSolutions from New Delhi which will increase its student intake in the coming year to 300,000 from 120,000 as of this year. Chander K Madan, CEO and founder of e-Age, said his group has linked up with Hindustan Unilever which is sponsoring 300,000 students in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu as part of the Corporate Social Responsible programme. "We are teaching spoken English, office dressing and interview skill to these students who comes from a very humble background," he said after receiving the Innovative EduTech Company award. The six-year old eAge will expand its curriculum to cover maths and science subjects in the next six months, said Madan. Dehradun-based Graphic Era Educational Group was also recognised for its technical education, and placing for some 2,000 IT students a year with multi-national corporations in the country. Graphic Era's president Professor Dr Kamal Ghanshala saidhis institution, with three campus, was now adding a medical college, starting with 150 MBBS students and a hospital of 300-500 beds in the coming two years. Graphic Era, recognised by the Department of Science and Technology, was awarded the leading private university in India. Sonepat-based Ashoka University was recognised as emerging private university. "We have a very clear cut vision to improve the quality of education in the country," said its Registrar Sachin Sharma.
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