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Kolkata, Aug. 4

Jadavpur University of Kolkata has been awarded a "Technology for Teaching Grant" by Hewlett-Packard (HP). The university will receive approximately $ 70,000 worth of technology such as HP Tablet PCs, external storage and optical drives, wireless networking cards and printers. In addition, a stipend of $15,000 would be paid to staff who work on the projects, which have to be completed within 15 months.

A total of five universities in the Asia-Pacific region have been selected for the award from more than 100 nominations that were received for the purpose. The others include Anna University, Chennai; the University of Tokyo, Japan; the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and the Yonsei University of Korea.

According to Prof. Manoj K Mitra, Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Technology, Jadavpur University, the award will enable the university to set up a mobile learning centre where students who take the M.Tech course in Distributed & Mobile Computing can access content using hand-held computers. The grant will facilitate transformation of teaching by leveraging upon mobile computing and wireless technologies.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 5, 2006)
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