: The NeST group is launching an educational initiative with focus on online interactive learning. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) relating to this was signed here on Thursday between NeST chairman Javad K. Hassan and Dongsook Whitehead, chief executive officer of Connect for Education (C4E), a U.S.-based innovator in interactive online education.

The educational initiative would develop online courseware for technical education through NeST cyber campuses initially in Thiruvananthapuram and Aluva. It would also focus on medical knowledge management system and courseware on image-centric healthcare education and training and children's collaborative education for primary school students at local and global levels.

As part of the initiative, online finishing education for young graduates would be provided in soft skills and hard skills in public speaking, communicative English, intra and interpersonal skills, group discussion, interview techniques, organisational behaviour, team work and social manners.

The group has launched Virginia American University (VAU) as its online interactive University. “The VAU will collaborate with C4E and New Jersey Institute Technology for engineering graduate-level degree courses for Indian students. The long-term vision is to have a 50-acre knowledge village in the vicinity of Aluva with four major campuses with common facilities in sports, library, medical and residential facilities,” Mr. Hassan said at a media conference.

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