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Nation Current Affairs 12 Aug 2017 Tamil Nadu: Amrita U ...

Tamil Nadu: Amrita University's app enters semifinals of global competition

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 12, 2017, 6:52 am IST
Updated Aug 12, 2017, 6:52 am IST
Out of the 109 teams, which participated in the prestigious global competition, only eight have qualified for the semifinals.
The app available on 'Google Play Store' for free, can revolutionize adult literacy in India, which has 37 per cent of the total global population of illiterate adults (Representational Image)
 The app available on 'Google Play Store' for free, can revolutionize adult literacy in India, which has 37 per cent of the total global population of illiterate adults (Representational Image)

Coimbatore: An android mobile learning app developed by the Coimbatore-based Amrita University to improve literacy rate among adults has entered the semifinal of the renowned 'Barbara Bush Foundation's Adult Literacy' prize competition.

"Out of the 109 teams, which participated in the prestigious global competition, only eight have qualified for the semifinals. Of them, Amrita University is one of the two semifinalists from Asia. The app available on 'Google Play Store' for free, can revolutionize adult literacy in India, which has 37 per cent of the total global population of illiterate adults," said Venkat Rangan, vice chancellor of Amrita University in a statement here on Friday. 

 

The eight semifinalist teams now enter a 15-month long field testing phase across three partner cities-Los Angeles, Dallas and Philadelphia- that includes a total of 12,000 adult learner participants, who can read English at a third grade reading level or below.

After 12 months of consistent use, a post-test will be administered to determine the highest gains in literacy achieved by the participants to choose the winner app, said the statement. 

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