Liffy Thomas

Chennai: About four years after the launch of an e-learning tool for Standard X and XII students of rural Tamil Nadu by the TeNeT group of IIT-Madras, the Online Test and Tutorials (Online TT) product promises to deliver better results for city schools, particularly government-run ones.

The interactive coaching and assessment package, renamed Score Improvement Test and Tutorials (SITT), is now developed by Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI) and Samvit Education Services, a joint venture between RTBI and Laserwords Private Limited, which is part of the Murugappa Group.

“The product reached around 44 villages in Tamil Nadu, where internet kiosks were deployed for students to access the software and learn and take tests. We saw the pass percentage increase from 80 to 89 per cent over the years,” said Hema Murthy, professor, IIT-Madras, who coordinated the development of the project since its inception. The software tool is aimed at students of Matriculation and Tamil Nadu State Board, available in English and Tamil medium, where it takes the student through a series of assessments to enhance the student’s performance in board examinations.

It was mainly aimed to increase the pass percentage in rural schools after a lot of studies. With the public-private partnership, SITT has started marketing the tool in the city, including Corporation schools, where it has added a host of new features.

“An extensive progress and performance report are some of our main focus areas. We are also looking at having the application installed on mobile phones, plus positioning the software in the school lab where the teacher can act as moderator,” said Sumathi Sudhakar, Content Development and Delivery – Head, Samvit Education Services.