Media Production Studio Opens in India

On December 22, 2003, dot-EDU and the Government of Karnataka, India, inaugurated a new media production studio in Bangalore. The state-of-the-art studio, located in the Bangalore office of the Education Development Center (EDC), will provide digital editing suites for local producers to create educational materials for primary schools across the Indian state of Karnataka. The digital studios are located at the Directorate of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT) office in Bangalore.

 Inauguration ceremony for the new media production center in Bangalore, India. The dot-EDU Technology Tools for Teaching and Training (T4) Project, implemented by EDC, is using interactive radio instruction and educational television to improve the quality and reach of education in India. Math, science and English as a second language are the target subjects for this project being implemented in Chhattisgharh, Karnataka and eventually Jharkhand State.

The project is designed to reach some of the hardest to reach populations, including girls and lower castes. The digital video and audio studios will facilitate these development goals. The three-year project is funded by USAID, with collaboration of state governments and local organization. Image of Janet Whitla and Vandita Sharma from EDC at inauguration ceremony.

EDC President Janet Whitla attended the ribbon cutting ceremony in Bangalore, along with EDC's Ms. Vandita Sharma, Country Director and Mr. T. Venugopal, Finance and Operations Manager. Present from the Indian government were Mr. V.R. Patel (Commissioner for Public Instruction, Karnataka), Mr. Jaggannath Rao (Director of DSERT) and Mr. Bhaskariah (Director of Primary Education, Karnataka).

"We’re very excited to have these new extraordinary resources right in our office," said Sharma. "We expect that this studio will help us efficiently and effectively reach more teachers and children." Group photo of EDC and Government of India attendees at the inauguration ceremony.

EDC, under dot-EDU, was awarded the Technology Tools for Teaching and Training Initiative in September 2002 for three years (Award No. GDG-A-00--02-00015-00 under the dot-EDU Leader Award No: GDG-A-00-01-00011-00).

For More Information, Contact:
Andrea Bosch
Chief of Party, T4 Project - India
Education Development Center

Nadia Karim-Shaw
Technical Advisor, T4 Project - India
Education Development Center

USAID: Nalin Jena
United States Agency for International Development

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