Some tech care from seniors
Kerala college alumi assist college students of alma mater with education-specific computer systems
When they selected to sponsor the web training of the poor college students of their alma mater, the outdated college students of Haji Essa Haji Mussa Memorial School at Mattancherry did a little bit of out-of-the-box pondering.
Rather than merely shopping for them sensible telephones or laptops, they designed a personalized mini pc of types powered by an Android field due to a few tender engineers of their ranks.
“We replaced the Operating System (OS) of the Android box to reduce its weight and restrict it to educational tools and applications alone. The programme also offers room for the addition of more tools and addressing security breaches,” stated Nishanth Saifudeen, an alumnus and France-based software program developer who’s again house on go away.
This successfully locked college students out of undesirable diversions like social media. “Initially, we thought of buying students smart phones but dropped the idea for fear of misuse. Besides, a customised computer costs just ₹7,000, which is much lower than an average smart phone,” stated Abdul Gaffoor V.S., one other alumnus. Fifteen such computer systems can be distributed by this month-end.
Android bins out there available in the market from as little as ₹1,500 and 15-inch screens have gone into the making of the pc. The Android bins are primarily media-centric necessitating a change of OS to customize it for academic functions.
The system additionally limits the every day utilization of the education-specific search engine. Even the utilization of USB port is restricted to dam out undesirable content material.
“With the help of our socially-conscious tech colleagues in France, we plan to develop tools that will help teachers monitor and derive statistics for performance analysis without intruding into students’ privacy,” stated Mr. Saifudeen.
School alumni from batches courting again to 1965 are related to the initiative. The college was arrange by the late Khan Sahib Ismail, former chairman of the erstwhile Mattancherry municipal council, in 1936 to deal with the tutorial backwardness of the realm. Among its embellished alumni embody the late legendary ghazal singer Umbayi.