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Kolkata: mjunction CSR activities enable underprivileged students to study computer and English

Kolkata: mjunction CSR activities enable underprivileged students to study computer and English

India Blooms News Service | | 04 Jul 2017, 02:42 pm
Kolkata, Jul 4 (IBNS): To impart education to the underprivileged through digital means, mjunction, a B2B e-commerce joint venture between TATA Steel and SAIL, has launched a flagship ‘School Integration Program’ (SIP) and ‘EnglishLab’ program in the remote villages of West Bengal, as part of the company's CSR actitivities.

Under SIP and English Lab, launched in 2015 , students from Rameshwarpur High School, Jnyanodamoyee High School and Jhowkhali Haat High School in West Bengal’s Kakdwip area are receiving training in computer science and English language.

More than 5,000 students in Computer Science and 600 students in  English Lab have been trained till date, the company recently said in a release.

Sudipta Mandal, a class V student from Jnyanodamoyee High School, who has been attending the School Integration Program (SIP) and English Lab for the past few months said,  “The audio -video presentation has been a first time experience for me. The subject becomes so easy to follow when presented on a large screen. Since the inception of English Lab, I have improved my vocabulary and grammatical sense. It has also helped me a lot in using a computer device”.

The CSR activities are mainly done with the help of ejunction, a trust promoted by mjunction.

mjunction CEO Vinaya Varma said, “We have a comprehensive CSR policy which focus on the betterment of the marginalized society. We are providing digital literacy at the grassroot level to achieve outstanding results in the future. Our main goal is to provide quality education through digital means and formulate a process where the child is learning the subject as well as getting exposed to technology.”

The company said that Rameshwarpur High School, Jnyanodamoyee High School and Jhowkhali Haat High School in the Kakdwip area had computer facilities that were non-functional.

Through SIP, these facilities were renewed and infrastructure support like computer and projection devices were made available.

The SIP program subsequently revealed that students trained under the vernacular medium are weak in English language, the company said.

To solve this problem, mjunction came up with an English program for SIP called ‘English Lab’.

English lab has been mostly implemented in government sponsored schools. After an extensive study mjunction realized that the improper teaching of English was primarily because the teaching staff lacked sound knowledge of the English language which in turn resulted in loss of interest for students.

Alokesh Chawla, Principal of Jhowkhali Haat High School said, “SIP introduced the students to computer learning in a structured manner. We have added computer studies in the regular curriculum with both theory and practical classes. The English Lab program has reduced the fear of English among the students. We are witnessing improvement in pronunciation of English words. The audio-video presentation has introduced the concept of joyful learning for the first time in our school”.

Through EnglishLab, text books of class V, VI & VII of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) got digitized. The entire text book was ready with audio visual representation and proper grammatical support with a special focus on worksheets.

This was implemented in the schools.

Students of classes V, VI and VII attend the English lab classes three times a week along with their assigned subject teacher.

An ejunction trainer helps the teacher to conduct the class through the digital medium.