Amrita University is ushering a new era for the empowerment of socially and economically weaker sections of women in India by taking computer aided vocational training courses to villages using technology aided mobile vehicles called MoVE (Mobile Vocational Education).
A MoVE unit is a fully functioning classroom-on-wheels, equipped with latest computer and communication technology. The unit typically contains 20 computers, through which students are trained in vocational skills using the haptic technology. It employs WiFi and a local and central database to monitor and assess student performance. Also, A-VIEW has been embedded into MoVE providing students instant access to experts in their field of study, for real-time, online interaction.
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A mobile class room has several advantages over a regular class room such as reusable infrastructure, reduced operating costs and increase in outreach. A MoVE unit is sustained by solar energy. The technologies used to deliver classes are intuitive and are designed to teach those even with rudimentary literacy.
In the first phase of deployment, vocational training through MoVE will be made available to 3,000 women that cover areas of Chavara and Panmana in Kollam District, Kerala. The courses taught during the initial phase of deployment are fabric painting and assistant plumbing.