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Now,‘Guruji’ to make learning easier,more fun

Ka...kha...ga...gha...the sounds emanating from a black box are followed by those of students who enthusiastically repeat the sounds and follow the strokes of Light Emitting Diodes lighting and displaying alphabet on the box in city’s Bandodkar Primary School.

Ka…kha…ga…gha…the sounds emanating from a black box are followed by those of students who enthusiastically repeat the sounds and follow the strokes of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) lighting and displaying alphabet on the box in city’s Bandodkar Primary School. The school,in an old wada on Kumthekar Road,is a witness to a unique experiment in the field of education — Guruji,a solar operated box with LEDs has been designed for teaching Marathi and English scripts to children of all ages by city- based Databyte Equipment Private Ltd.

“ Guruji is an advanced version of what we have been working on for the past six years. Language is one thing and script is another. Learning the language is a tedious task,but learning a script is a matter of practice. Guruji teaches one the script and not the language,” said Jugal K Gupta,founder-CEO, Databyte Equipment.

Sized 12 inches by 15 inches,Guruji is a black box with a number of LEDs displayed on it. Operated with the help of a remote control,Guruji includes a number of lessons that teach children or the illiterate,the script and is available in four languages- Hindi,Marathi,Gujarati and English. “We have devised the lessons in an easy-to-understand manner. For instance,when we choose lesson number 07,it displays followed by the sound the letters ka…kha…ga…gha of the Marathi alphabet. Lesson 15 is about matras and it starts with ka…kaa…ki…kee till the end of the alphabet with every letter,” added Gupta.

Some of the other lessons also include easy words,pronunciations and sounds of the words. One of the most important aspects are the counting lessons that display the numbers followed by their pronunciation. The LEDs at a corner display dots,equivalent to the number being taught. “Addition,subtraction,multiplication and division- they all are here to make mathematics interesting. Tables up to 25 are fed into the microprocessor.”

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“We used Guruji specifically for English. Our students enjoyed learning with the device,” said Padma Shinde,primary school teacher from Bandodkar Primary School.With students,illiterate adults and children of illiterate parents from rural areas as the prime target,the company now plans to take Guruji to the villages of the country.

First published on: 23-12-2010 at 01:09 IST
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