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24/Jan/2005
ASPIRE LEARNING TO ADOPT BOT MODEL FOR SCHOOLS

* Aspire Learning an educational services company, is adopting the ‘build, operate, transfer’ (BOT) model for schools. Under the scheme, it will develop course methodology, content and teacher training for other school on a royalty basis.

The scheme, which was test launched last year in Tamil Nadu, is being scalled up to cover about 500 schools in the state this year. Subsequently, the model will be expanded to cover all the southern states.

Aspire Learning, which started operations last year, develops innovative methods and techniques to enhance learning effectiveness, especially in science, among school students.

Working under the business to-consumer methodology, it had so far dealt directly with students and has set up about 35 Aspire Learning centres across Tamil Nadu. Now with the BOT scheme, it has also taken the business - to - business approach.

Explaining the need for such a scheme, Mr K Swaminathan, head - business development, Aspire Learning, said there is a need in most schools for an outside agency to evaluate their standards of teaching evaluation. “Further, most of the schools are progressive and are willing to try different models, he pointed out.

In addition to providing content, Aspire, as part of the BOT `+scheme, will tie-up with schools to provide course methodology, teacher training and hand holding support. “The scheme will be operational for a period of three years in each one of these schools, “he said.

The BOT scheme is expected to help the Company achieve a topline of Rs.10 crore this year. Having started its operations in July 2002, it achieved a turnover of around Rs 2.5 crore last year.

Meanwhile, the company has tied-up with TVS Scooty for an evaluation exercise of students. The corporate sponsorship has enabled the company to carry out the exercise of students. The corporate sponsorship has enabled the company to carry out the exercise, which will cover 45,000 to 50,000 students, at “no cost” to students.

It involves evaluation of students’capabilities and identifying their learning skills. “This will be followed by a free counselling camp, to be conducted by experts, who will suggest action points for each students to achieve academic excellent, “he said.