Guruji

A LED-based blackboard playing inbuilt audio-visual lessons

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Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA
IN India
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In development

About the project Edit

Developed by Databyte, Guruji is a teaching device that brings in efficiency and flexibility in teaching and learning of elementary education. It consists of an inexpensive electronic blackboard which has the potential to not just simplify but perhaps transform the teaching of elementary education in rural areas.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The LED-based blackboard plays inbuilt audio-visual lessons repeatedly which enables a child to learn to read, write, speak, count, subtract, multiply and divide effortlessly. The blackboard is operated using a hand-held infrared remote. At present, lessons are available in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and English.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Guruji obviates the need for a trained teacher. Anyone who has only basic knowlegde or even be illiterate himself or herself can effectively run a class with Guruji. Moreover, no particular schooling infrastructure is essential. There is zero dependency on electricity as the blackboard runs on built-in rechargeable battery which can be charged from mains or from a suitable solar panel. The class itself can have a flexible, informal format and still be effective.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Winner of Manthan Awards 2010, Digital Inclusion for Development, South Asia (Category - E-Education & Most Innovative Nomination )
In India, it is clear that due to a range of reasons, children do not receive the kind of basic, elementary education that would enable them to learn or even keep them coming to the school year after year. Tools like Guruji must be introduced to village schools and children as they can fill some of the gaps inherent in the education system and potentially decrease the drop-out and illiteracy rates of the country.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) for 2005, compiled by Delhi-based NGO Pratham Foundation, has revealed that 93.4% of village children are in school but 52% of them between ages 7-14 cannot read a simple story and 41% cannot do simple arithmetic. Of the 140 Million primary school children in India, 30 million cannot read at all and 40 million can recognize only a few alphabets.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Founded by a group of engineers from IIT, BARC & TIFR in 1980 and starting with a 16-Channel Logic Analyzer, Databyte has developed over 25 products in last 30 years. However, of all the things that they have developed, they believe that nothing is of as much as significance as GURUJI now and it is likely to make illiteracy a thing of the past for our civilization.


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  • DEF - Digital Knowledge Center

    DEF - Digital Knowledge Center


    Digital Knowledge Center (DKC) is an initiative of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) & National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) to function as an ‘Online repository’ of best digital contents for development in India and South Asia.

    With the incoming of new technology in ICT and digital content technology along with various technology delivery platforms, a lot many interventions in digital content have been taking place in South Asia. Interventions are visible in all major areas – Education, Learning, Health, Governance, Entertainment, Localization, Commerce, Culture, Environment, Tourism, Infrastructure and so on. Creation of digital content, its deployment, service delivery and usage has increased each day.

    While these developments are taking place, it is equally critical to have these interventions and practices shared, exchanged, and deployable from one place to another. For this to happen, one needs to have a resource bank available for learning, sharing and replication. Digital Knowledge Centre works as such a platform in audio-visual documentation format, which provides solutions to many of our social, economic, cultural and governance challenges.