Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh government in association with UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is contemplating on setting up a centre of excellence for children with learning differences as well as a gaming for e-learning hub, first of its kind in India and Asia-Pacific region.
Director of UNESCO MGIEP Anantha Kumar Duraiappah announced this here on Monday at the concluding session of the three-day TECH-2017 on education jointly organised by the AP Government and the UNESCO. He said that they had developed a Telugu app that was tested at the conference. They would be working with many schools in the State to screen students at a very early age to see if they are dyslexic or have any other form of learning difficulty, he stated, adding that the app will be ready in the New Year. To begin with, they would start with 200 government schools. The centre would have a team of child psychologists, he disclosed.
On the gaming hub coming up in AP, Duraiahpah said they were developing a blueprint for the hub which will be a centre of excellence as well. “We will have to decide on the infrastructural and logistical needs, the knowledge partner and institutional partner, and the governance of the hub. We will have a close connection with the universities and institutes like the IITs and the IIMs. The hub will advise the universities what the future courses that they have to be designing. The old style of just computer science and design doesn’t work. You have to bring them together. Recruiters often lament how they are unable to find candidates with multiple skills. This centre will address that issue. Skill development will be one of the areas of focus. Many of the foreign firms are very excited about the centre,” he said.