November 12, 2010 (Calcutta Tube) Pearson Longman, one of the world’s biggest educational companies, has always claimed to provide the best educational facilities to students. IBNS correspondent Supriyo Hazra caught up with Naveen Rajlani, Vice President School Division, Pearson Education India, in Kolkata.Excerpts
[ReviewAZON asin=”1564842363″ display=”inlinepost”]How is your K-12 educational solutions going to help the educational system in India?
We, at Pearson, aim to provide complete learning solutions through quality textbooks with beautiful illustrations and lucid narratives, accompanied by CDs and videos, hands-on materials for experiments as well as solution manuals, printable worksheets, question banks and assessments to assure students and teachers a satisfying educational experience. Now , we are providing complete learning solutions for the K-12 segment. We have text books for state boards, ICSE (Indian School Certificate Examinations) and CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) schools; especially we keep Kolkata in mind as there are so many ICSE schools here. We also have English text books, Longman Geography and many more publications.
Your company conducts training and counseling as well?
Yes, we do perform various teachers training programmes, as well as counseling programmes, for the students in various cities to help the education process.
What are the problems that students are facing these days?
Students are much more inquisitive these days. They want to learn more than the students of the past. So, to address these things, we give digital support to the students. We publish digital contents for helping the students. These contents will be in support of the text books. We strongly feel that digital contents along with the text books will help the students more.
With these digital equipments, surely the need for teachers will no more be there?
The need for teachers and their support will always be there. But students will not need them always, especially when they are at home, by using the digital appliances.
Does your company work at the higher education level as well?
We do have a strong presence at the higher education level as well. The subjects that we cover include engineering, business, technology, science, law and humanities. They include books and resources that help students learn, teachers teach and professionals evolve through their career.
What are your upcoming projects?
We are looking forward to a project in order to give complete solution to school. It will contain digital as well as print content. We also have a group company named Pearson Clinical Assessment; they have a programme on Dyslexia. Schools want to know more about this disease. So we have a test called Dyslexia Screening Test (DST). So we are looking forward to it as well.