October 7, 2015
About two years ago, in October 2013, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology in association with Cloudreign Technologies, Chennai, Google Business Group, Trichy, Google Developers Group, Chennai, and Google Developers Group, Bangalore, initiated series of collaborative efforts.
And currently BIT takes advantage of several of Google’s products like Google apps and Google Chrome Notebook. “A couple of years back, we at Cloudreign took the initiative of launching the Google apps for education and this has changed the way educational activities are conducted at this campus,” N. Lakshminarayan, Chief Business Officer of Cloudreign Technologies, said.
Technology has tremendously helped improve BIT’s overall performance. “Google Drive is used to share the daily lecture schedules. This gives our students information about the topics that are going to be taught during the day. This also enables them to come prepared for the class.” M.P. Vijay Kumar, Trustee of Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, said.
The institution uses Google Forms to ascertain the performance of its students and faculty. “Student information like attendance and marks scored in examination is sent to their parents. On the other hand, students also use Google Forms to evaluate the lectures,” S.V. Balasubramaniam, Chairman of Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, said.
The college management has invested significantly on technology. A sum of Rs.83 lakhs was spent to purchase 300 Chrome books. Another Rs.70 lakhs was spent to strengthen the internet connectivity in the campus. These moves have brought down the expenses on stationery items by 50%.
Encouraged by the results, BIT plans to introduce virtual Chrome books in its campus. Gagandeep Nagra, Country Sales Manager of Google India said that there are more than 100 educational institutions in Tamil Nadu that use Google for Education tools.