| Train Need TM is an Interactive
Distance Learning platform developed by E-Convergence Technologies
Limited (ETL). And there are several reasons why ETL believes this
platform is relevant to schools, colleges, universities and even
The crisis confronting society:
There is an urgent need to make the country's most
abundant resource reasonably productive. This is because a country's
population can be an asset, but only if it is trained. This is because
skill development must precede job formation. But developing skills is
not an easy job.
this goal, it means several things . . . . .
literacy at the mass level.
training to people who want jobs
skills to people who want to be self employed or are already employed.
opportunities to people who have to be redeployed in a rapidly changing
that the training is cost-effective.
But the biggest problem is an acute paucity of good
trainers -- at schools, colleges, universities and even at corporate
levels. For instance, in a study prepared for the Office of the Prime
Minister of India in 2002, McKinsey pointed out how even the
prestigious IITs in India cannot get the quality of teachers they want.
problem is the high cost of providing good quality training.
problem is ensuring that good trainers are available wherever
candidates exist. Conventionally, this has meant that either the
trainer travels to the place where the candidates are, or the
condidates travel to the place where the teachers congregate. Normally,
both parties have to travel. This adds to the training costs, and
creates bottlenecks in providing speedy training to all.
allows you to place an excellent trainer in a studio,
the training content to the entire country live or offer the same in a
the entire session (both the live and the recorded versions) highly
Through chat sessions – text and voice
allows you to have anytime, anywhere training:
corporates: allows managements to
costs of training
Reduce time to market Standardise evaluation for lower and middle level
staff across the country.
Keep the staff upto date with the latest developments;
Evaluate candidates before they are employed, anytime, anywhere
It means that corporates and educational centres will have
to set up a training intranet:
ETL has a
tie-up with Tatanet to help in setting up such intranets;
ETL is already encouraging corporates to follow the example of
organisations like the Royal Bank of Scotland (it trains all staff from
receptions to; directors across 1200 centres across the UK and Europe),
and Nokia (it trains its people worldwide);
ETL is actively involved in persuading the BSE Training Institute to do
so using both lease lines and/or VSATs;
It has successfully persuaded some corporates to do product launches
One can also use this platform to make an important address to the
entire organisation -- e.g. the Chairman's address. . .
ETL's platform Train-needTM
of the platform called Train needTM:
- A media
server which takes care of the video, audio and data transmission
- A chat
server which allows people to ‘chat’ with the
examination module which tracks the performance of the ‘learner’ every
10 minutes or so.
database server to keep a record of enrolments, authentication
procedures, and tracking the marks scored by each candidate.
application server which ensures security, and allows access only to
those courses the candidate is eligible to take.
- A voice
chat server allowing voice conversations, though it is recommended that
voice is disabled and text chat enabled when audiences become large.
application sharing server (optional).
servers – minimum specs: P4, 80 GB HDD, multimedia enabled
Windows 2000 Licences
additional PC with two HDDs of 80 GB, and two LAN cards (D-Link 538 TX
10/100) for using the same as a Linux proxy. One proxy server will be
required at each remote installation.
- A LAN
setup both in the studio and at each remote installation.
additional server – P4, 80 GB HDD, multimedia enabled, MS 2003 licence
– will be required if application sharing is needed.
video multicast which can be offered in three modes:
presentation module which takes all types of files – Powerpoint (ppt),
Video (avi, mpg1, mpg2, mpg4), Flash (swf), Images
examination module which offers:
and randomly generated question papers from a databank.
question papers which appear randomly on candidates’ screens.
ability to offer as many as 20 choices for answers to any question.
ability to incorporate images as part of the question-paper.
A text chat
module which allows:
chat with the instructor/trainer
chat with the entire batch
public chats by the instructor
ability to ensure that the earlier part of the chat proceedings are
visible even to students who have arrived late to the screens.
facility to offer transcripts of the chat.
A voice chat module which we prefer to disable if the student audience
comprises of a group involving more than 20 people. This is to avoid
the queueing up of “requests to speak” from students to the studio
administrator, as only one voice channel can be heard by the
instructor/administrator at a time.
Interactive polling or on-the-fly questions through ‘yes’ ‘no’ response
A message box which allows despatch and retrieval of answers,
questions, notes and suggestions, even in recorded sessions.
A security feature that prevents copying of content thus protecting the
IPR of the content partners
An accounting module that allows each stake-holder – content partners,
franchisees and market-makers – to know of business done during the day
and their respective shares at any given point of time. And all this in
near real-time basis.
Report generation modules for students, HR departments and the
version Train needTM – MPEG4 – can work on 64 to 200 kbps with no latency except
that taken by local MPEG4 player.
Train needTM has an additional module
for application sharing, which allows all viewers to see how an
application works on a trainer's console. This is an optional facility
which can be provided in case the customer wishes to avail of the same.
ETL's studio and platform facilities on rent.
ETL's expertise in areas relating to content development and creating a
ETL's Train needTM.
needTM can be used for
potential candidates seeking employment
evaluating the performance of employees at lower and middle levels
- Can be
offered through an in-house server, or even through the internet.
candidate has taken (or not taken) a course
- how many
- how many
times has a course been taken to comprehend it
- how many
questions answered (or not answered)
- how many
answers wrong or right
What corporates can do:
- Set up a
corporate intranet for round-the-clock, anywhere, anytime training
using Interactive Distance Learning, using lease lines or VSATs, the
way Royal Bank of Scotland and Nokia currently do.
- Set up a
network for training dealers and for product launch planning.
ETL's certification process for which it has an International Patent
from the UK Patent Office.
ETL's content management advisory or creative inputs.
ETL's expertise in setting up franchised outlets for training and