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  Sunday, June 11, 2006

Study for competitive exams through your mobile phones
 

It’s true. Parents might actually encourage their children to use cell phones now. The reason — mobiles are fast becoming a powerful study-aid. Anand Kannan and Yogesh Lavanis, founders of Valued Epistemics Private Limited (VEPL)  have  developed the concept of m-learning (mobile learning) through their programme, WIZDOM, which is a learning programme for GRE. Yogesh Lavanis, IISc graduate and director (R&D) of the organisation says, “The number of mobile subscribers is increasing everyday and they keep upgrading their mobile phones. So we wanted to develop a product that could be put to innovative use in the field of education. Our product enables students to learn and prepare for exams with the help of a mobile.”

Anand, an IISc graduate and managing director of the company adds, “M-learning is similar to a student’s laptop i.e. it is mobile and can be carried anywhere. Our programme is targeted at students preparing for GRE. Thus the course content has verbal, quantitative and analytical reasoning skill sessions which are developed under the guidance of experts in coaching students for GRE, SAT, MAT and other competitive exams. One can download the modules anytime and it makes learning more interesting and enjoyable.”

Explaning more about the programme, Anand says, “Apart from the learning sessions, it also interacts with you, analyses your strong and weak points, gives feedback and helps in choosing a learning style that suits you best.”  The system is powered by  Adaptive Learning through Measurement of Interaction (ALMI) methodology, which makes it interactive and personal. But it is at its nascent stage and the founders plan to use m-learning in different fields of education, not just restricting it to GRE.

Anand says, “Right now, we are facing a few hurdles and regulatory challenges because many colleges and hostels don’t allow students to use mobile phones. Apart from that, many people don’t have GPRS and have an older phone which makes it difficult to download and continue with the learning module. Once we overcome these initial hitches, we will design our module to train students for campus interviews and similar other preparations.” 

How to download the software

* In order to use the mobile learning service you need to download WIZDOM.in’s software inj your phone. So, first ensure that you have a mobile phone that is Java capable and supports GPRS.

* To register log on to the website (www.wizdom.in). Once registered you will be provided a link and given a key. This will allow you to download and access the m-learning programme.


Bomb hoax creates a stir at the city airport
 

An anonymous phone call to the city police control room created a flutter at the Chennai airport on Saturday. The police said that on Friday night, the city police control room received a phone call from an anonymous person at 11.30 pm saying that someone had planted a bomb on the Emirates airlines flight EK 542 scheduled to arrive in Chennai from Dubai. The police immediately alerted the airport security men, who immediately swung into action and checked the time chart to ascertain whether there was any Emirates airlines flight scheduled to land in Chennai,  Saturday morning. The caller’s information about the flight number turned out to be true.

The airport security alerted the CISF and the bomb squad. Sniffer dogs were brought to the airport to check the aircraft. When the plane with 230 passengers on board arrived at 3.30 am on Saturday, the CISF and commandos surrounded  it and the sniffer dog and the bomb squad boarded the aircraft to check passengers.
The security men also checked their baggage.  Not satisfied with this, they also checked the passengers who were to board the return flight, EK 543. The airport security personnel heaved a sigh of relief as the phone call turned out to be a hoax.  The flight bound for Dubai left late by 10 minutes at 5.10 am on Saturday. Meanwhile, the police traced the phone call to a PCO booth in the Ice House area.  Police are now on a lookout for the person from that locality.


Mani denies mishap on the set
 
Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies has dismissed rumours about a freak accident that was said to have taken place on the sets of his film, Guru, at Campa Cola grounds, Guindy.  The shooting for the film featuring Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, and Madhavan has been taking place for the last two weeks on these sets. On Friday there was a rumour that after the unit had packed off for the day and the main actors had left the sets, a portion of the set collapsed and a few people were hurt in the mishap. On inquiry, Madras Talkies denied the rumours.
 
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