As part of HP's commitment to deliver technology based education solutions across rural India, HP and Liqvid signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deliver Liqvid's bilingual EnglishEdge software through the HP Lab-in-Box network.
Liqvid, an eLearning content solutions company based in Noida, India, specializes in the area of English language training through a combination of content, technology and services offerings. Liqvid will be responsible for providing the relevant content, conduct train-the-trainer programmes wherever required, and extend its offering to all future HP Lab-in-Box projects.
Liqvid will also promote the cloud-based HP LIFE e-learning program across its customer base that will help students and entrepreneurs learn IT and business skills. This collaboration will increase awareness of this advanced collaboration and training programme to nearly 300,000 additional learners and provide access to HP LIFE e-learning at all of Liqvid's study centres. Liqvid's customers include IIT Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Educomp and British Council among others.
As part of its Vision 2020 plan, the government is looking to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio in schools to 30 per cent by 2020. Innovative technology solutions will play a vital role in enabling this increase in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.
“We remain focused on our goal of using technology to extend the reach of education in remote parts of the country and to include a diverse and rich content and solution offering set that complements our technology infrastructure. The partnership with Liqvid helps us in this goal in providing flexible English language and entrepreneurship classes in rural India,” said Dr. Jaijit Bhattacharya, Director, Government Advisory, South Asia HP.
In 2011, HP announced the launch of HP Lab-in-Box, also known as Tatkal Kaksha, an initiative with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to bring mobile computing resources to remote and urban schools in India. Since then, this rapidly deployable cloud-enabled infrastructure solution has been deployed across seven locations and can now be extended for distance learning education, as infrastructure for vocational training programs, and for extending training to ex-military servicemen on entrepreneur skills. These IT enabled classrooms, fitted in shipping containers, deliver new possibilities for immersive and personalized learning, teaching, student monitoring and greater access to world class educational content.
HP LIFE e-learning is a global, cloud-based program that trains students, aspiring entrepreneurs, and small business owners to harness the power of IT to establish and grow their businesses, helping them build successful companies and create jobs. As of June 2012, more than 50,000 students and micro-entrepreneurs registered on the online platform. Since HP LIFE e-learning began in 2007, over 25,000 businesses have been started or expanded and 57,000 jobs have been created worldwide.