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Xavier’s to offer web learning

St. Xavier’s College will soon offer packages that will enable students to learn a subject from anywhere and at his or her own pace.

The Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC), under the college, has developed 356 web-embedded learning packages (or e-content) covering the undergraduate courseware for history honours in the first phase of the human resource development ministry’s National Mission for Education through Information and Communication Technology.

The package will be dedicated to the nation by HRD minister Pallam Raju, through a video-conference on Tuesday, along with Father Felix Raj, the principal of St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta.

“St. Xavier’s is the only college in eastern India to have an EMRC under its administration and it is one of the best in the country. This project has the contribution of a lot of teachers from various institutes. This is an initiative to encourage mass education,” Felix Raj said.

The courseware has eight papers, four on the history of India since antiquity up to AD 1950, two on the history of Europe between mid-15th and mid-20th centuries and one paper each on the history of the US (1776-1945) and China and Japan (1839-1949).

Teachers from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, Presidency and other institutions collaborated to prepare the modules, which have been peer-reviewed twice before being certified.

Book fair

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the 38th International Kolkata Book Fair on Tuesday. The fair will have no entry fee, said organisers. Visitors may log onto imagekolkata.com to access the details of the stalls.