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Amrita app shortlisted for prize

Prema Nedungadi of Amrita CREATE being felicitated after the institution was shortlisted for the Adult Literacy XPRIZE.

Prema Nedungadi of Amrita CREATE being felicitated after the institution was shortlisted for the Adult Literacy XPRIZE.  

The Amrita Learning App, developed by the Amrita CREATE division of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, has been named as one of five finalist teams in the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The Adult literacy XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams to develop reading apps for android devices. All the teams received $1,00,000 each for entering the final.

The Amrita CREATE team comprises developers, educators and volunteers and was formed in 2003 to research and develop new approaches for the education industry. Amrita CREATE’s research is focused on developing educational technology to address the needs of the underserved populations.

“Our team is thrilled to be selected as a finalist in Adult Literacy XPRIZE. We believe that reading is one of the golden keys that can break the cycle of dependence, depression and incarceration. Hope is only a word in many communities. We are grateful to know that real hope may be delivered widely now, as wide distribution of finalists’ apps will be granted to finalists in this competition,” said Prema Nedungadi, team leader, Amrita Learning App/CREATE.

The Adult Literacy XPRIZE aims to dramatically change the way the United States meets the needs of the 36 million adults across the nation with low literacy skills.

“In terms of literacy, by sheer numbers, the size of the U.S. population potentially served by this app far surpasses any population Amrita CREATE has served so far,” added Ms Nedungadi.

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