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Revolution through online education

Oct 30 - Nov 05, 2000

The KalSoft of Kalia Group, a household name in the foreign exchange business, has developed software, which they believe would bring revolution for quality education in Pakistan. This software developed by KalSoft has been offered free of cost to the government with the concept to introduce virtual university system in Pakistan.

Spelling out the salient features of this project, Hanif Kalia, Chairman of Kalia Group said that they have presented this priceless project to the government with a single request to use this project under the title of 'Memon Virtual University' in Pakistan.

Hanif Kalia, accompanied by Owais Kalia, A. Gaffar Memon, Chief and Khurram Kalia told the newsmen a number of foreign universities have appreciated the software and have expressed their intention to use this software for imparting virtual education across the world. They expressed the hope that implementation on this project would facilitate Pakistani youth to get higher and quality education from the teachers and education institutions of their choice at a much cheaper cost while sitting in their own homes.

Online classes

A virtual class in KalEd is just like a normal class but without geographical boundaries, in which teacher and students can be sitting all over the globe but in the class (virtual) they will feel like in the same room. The online class module enables the teacher to communicate synchronously and deliver online lectures. During a class session, a teacher may conduct online quizzes, set the class topic, pass lecture slides to the students, allow students to have group discussions on a particular assigned topic. The teacher can also send students outside the class, allow a student to give presentation etc. Online audio and video conferencing will be implemented in version 2 of KalEd. Work on the second version is already in progress.

KalEd is revolutionary ideas that will breakdown all conventional boundaries of the monotonous structure of the prevailing educational environment in Pakistan.

Hanif Kalia said it is like a savior for students living in the far off areas of the world who go to developed countries like US, Canada, UK, Australia etc for attaining quality education and leaving their homeland family to be exposed with unknown problems and situations.

Now all these problems have been solved with the help of the Internet, a medium linking everyone and everything together. Bringing education to this medium not only solves many of our conventional problems but most importantly it is leading to a completely new dimension of getting education. Softwares like KalEd remove all geographical boundaries and limitations for learning and getting a treasure of knowledge.

KalEd is a completely web-based application, which is highly portable and need not be installed on any particular computer. It is completely platform independent, making it very appealing and easy to use. Not to mention it's highly sophisticated performance and unmatched user interface. To use this software, the only requirement is a computer and an Internet Connection. KalEd is highly customizable software that can be tailored in accordance to the need and requirements of the user. It allows the teachers and students to communicate with each other through both audio and video conferences.

The Memon Virtual University provides all the facilities of physically scheduled classes where students and teachers can inter-act, take quizzes/exams and receive online results. The teacher can keep track of the entire course and evaluate the performance of the students along with their respective attendance. The notes of all lectures can be made available to the teacher and students of all the classes through database storage on the web.

How KalEd Works

The system would allow visitors to browse the main areas of the site without obtaining any password or submitting to any other restriction.

The visitors, once they become interested in a program of study would acquire a guest password by supplying common information such as name, address, phone number and e-mail address etc.

Once the guest has decided to enroll in any program of study (courses) he or she would formally apply for enrollment. The enrollment process would involve the guest to fill out online enrollment form and supply detail personal information about him/herself, educational and work background and the courses he/she is interested in enrolling.

Once the enrollment form is submitted an administrator will evaluate it and subsequently the application would be approved or rejected. The administrator, at the time of evaluation may request for an interview or to acquire more information from the applicant by contacting him/her on phone or through e-mail. If the enrollment application were to be approved, the administrator would enroll the applicant as a student and inform the student of his/her status. In case, if an application is rejected the applicant would be communicated the decision and the reason assigned thereof.

Once a student is enrolled in chosen program of study, the student can select the scheduled offerings for the enrolled courses and join one or more sessions of the offered courses.

The student would then need to pay for the selected courses. Once the fees have been paid, the administrator will acknowledge the payment through e-mail. After getting the receipt of payment, the student can join class sessions of the selected courses. The administrator, apart from the above mentioned functions of enrollment and payment approvals would also be able to:

Maintain the courses offered (addition, deletion and changing of course information).

Schedule the available courses and offer them for subsequent enrollment. Assign selected teachers to the course schedule. Monitor student's progress and send any warnings or notice to the students when the need arises.