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India’s Apathy & Anti-Open Source Attitude Plague CEMCA’s EasyNow

It's been three years since Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia CEMCA's EasyNow virtual campus project began, but the going is still rough thanks to technophobia: "It is just a demo piece in India," rues Dr. R. Sreedhar, Director, CEMCA. Is the project doomed to be extinguished like a Candle In The Wind? India is one of the five founding members of the Commonwealth of Learning, an international organisation under which CEMCA operates. Yet the subcontinent has witnessed dismal uptake of the learning models and materials developed.  What is EasyNow? EasyNow is an open source driven project, the brainchild of  V. Krishnamoorthy, Consultant, CEMCA, for educational institutes that would help faculty digitise all their lectures and deliver them in nine digital formats including text to speech including CDs, DVDs, video streaming online, enriched video incorporating graphics, audio, text-to-speech, slide show using PowerPoint or other presentation packages and text. CEMCA even offers to get the lectures printed in Braille using software from IIT Chennai for the visually impaired. Also read about EasyNow on WikiEducator Simply put, EasyNow gives students an upgrade from plain classroom learning to a multimedia presentation that includes videos, an audio clip or even streaming video for correspondence courses. It also offers compression technology for the videos to be streamed online, required because video lectures can hog up memory. Take an example - a typical IIT engineering course can take up to 32GB of memory, according to Sreedhar.  Comparing it with IGNOU, which provides long distance courses online, Sreedhar…

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