Assessing impact of tele-education on learning outcomes in rural schools of Karnataka

Dec 2014-15

PIs: Amit Prakash, Jillet Sarah Sam (IIT Kanpur), Gopal Naik (IIM Bangalore)

Funding agency and description: A consortium led by IIM Bangalore is implementing a tele-education programme entitled Satellite and Advanced Multimedia Education (SAME) in 1000 rural government and aided schools in Karnataka. SAME is aimed to address various obstacles that exist in the present government rural educational institutions by providing satellite-based live interactive quality training with multimedia content for rural students from Std. V to X.This research study, on which CITAPP is collaborating with IIMB, aims to evaluate the extent to which students’ performance is affected by the tele-education intervention. The study is also concerned with challenges of technology management in rural areas in terms of institutional mechanisms, human resource capacities and issues of sustainability of technology-enabled rural public delivery systems.

CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.