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Patna: NIIT Limited, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia's largest IT trainer, today announced the launch of cutting edge ICT enabled solutions for the schools of tomorrow, under the aegis of 'NIIT NGuru'. World Chess Champion & NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand unveiled these solutions, which aim to improve the efficacy of the teaching learning experience for school administration, teachers and students alike. Shri Sushil Modi, Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister, Bihar graced the event as Chief Guest. Hemant Sethi, President, School Learning Solutions, NIIT Limited was also present on the occasion.
 
NIIT NGuru today launched Accreditation Standards for Quality School governance, which enables schools to deliver quality education for overall development of students. Accreditation establishes the School's competence in delivering requisite elements of education covering curriculum, faculty, administration, student services, training, consultancy and evaluation.
The program has been designed in consultation with academicians, parents, administrators and quality professionals with a view to define and implement systems to provide educational services that aim to enhance satisfaction levels of all interested parties – be it students, parents, society or regulatory authorities.
 
NIIT NGuru also announced the launch of a new-age International Pedagogical ICT Teacher Training Programs, to upgrade the existing skills of the teachers by leveraging ICT. These certification programs would help in empowering teachers with the latest technology and pedagogic skills and encourage collaborative peer learning. This would also encourage teacher-student participation in the classroom and make learning more fun for students. The courses on offers are - International Pedagogical ICT Certification and training program on Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation.
 
Mr. Hemant Sethi, President, School Learning Solutions, NIIT Ltd., said, "Over the years, NIIT has redefined the school education system by offering comprehensive range of innovative ICT enabled teaching & learning solutions to make the present curriculum in Schools interesting and interactive, thereby bringing back the joy of learning. We now introduce cutting edge training programs for the school administration and teachers to help set unparalleled standards in education and further augment the teaching learning experience."
 
On this occasion, World Chess Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand, felicitated the National level winners of NIIT MindChampions Academy (MCA). Mahasweta Kumar from Mangaldoi Govt School, Darrang, Assam was adjudged as the National level winner of the NIIT MindChampions Academy - Chess Master 2011. Mukul Kumar from GD International School, Muzzaffarpur was the runner up. The winners for East and North zone finals were also felicitated by World Chess Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand.
 
At the National Finals of the NIIT MindChampions Academy Chess Master 2011, the winners of each Zone - South, East, North and West, vied for the coveted Chess Master 2011 title. Ashotosh D Bawankar from Saraswati Vidyalaya, Amravati and Arshil Syed from Ryan International, Chembur, Mumbai represented the West Zone; Mukul Kumar from GD International School, Muzzaffarpur and Mahasweta Kumar from Mangaldoi Govt School, Darrang, Assam represented the East Zone; the South Zone was represented by Kumaran D from Shankara School, Chennai and Siva Shankar Ramarao from Govt High School, Gowda Peta, Samalkot;  while  Tarang Mittal from Chabildass School, Gurgaon and Dudani Devarshi Ghanshyambhai from Arbuda Sanskar Vidhyalaya, Ahemedabad  represented the North Zone.  The zonal winners also got an opportunity to play Chess with the Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand.
 
Commenting on the success of NIIT MindChampions Academy, World Chess Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand remarked, "It is heartening to note that young children are taking up chess enthusiastically and mastering the strategies of the game. I heartily congratulate both the winners and wish them a bright future ahead."
 
To promote Chess in the country, NIIT, in partnership with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), has introduced the first of its kind joint certification Chess Program known as 'Chess as Mind Booster' for all the schools under the Sarva Shiksha Abhigyan umbrella. The program aims to encourage young students to play Chess which would enable young minds to develop, and subsequently help them to think logically and improve their life skills.
 
Recent studies suggest that there is a strong correlation between the game of chess and academic excellence. It is evident that introduction of chess to the classroom environment through MCA Clubs has positively influenced the students by enabling them to experience holistic learning during the school hours.
 
NIIT MindChampions Academy is a joint initiative by NIIT, a leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia's largest IT Trainer, and World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand to initiate young minds into the World of Chess. Established in 2002, the Academy has fostered over 11,000 Chess clubs with more than 1 million students as its members, in schools across India.
 
NIIT NGuru is a holistic education solution for schools that utilizes appropriate technology as backbone and encompasses all the possible components required to service the present and future learning needs of a school. NIIT NGuru suite consists of 'Interactive Classrooms' for teachers, Math lab, Mobile Science Lab, IT Wizard, Learning lab for students and Quick School, an 'Education Resource Planning' solution for the school management.

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