Two Indian Americans and an Indo Canadian Among Forbes’ Top 15 Education Innovators

NEW YORK (TIP): Sal Khan, the Indian American founder of Khan Academy, the revolutionary online education platform, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Anant Agarwal have been named by Forbes magazine among the 15 “classroom revolutionaries” who are using innovative technologies to reinvent education for students and teachers globally. The Forbes list names 15 education innovators who are “harnessing a slew of disruptive technologies to change everything from the way we teach grade school math to how we train the next generation of teachers.”

The CEO of Canada-based Datawind, the maker of India’s lowcost tablet Aakash, Suneet Singh Tuli, also figures in the list. The publication said Tuli, 44, is the “mastermind” behind the world’s cheapest tablet computer Aakash, “which has the potential to revolutionize educational access in the developing world.” The 36-year-old M.I.T. and Harvard alumnus has so far created 3400 videos, mostly science and math tutorials, that have been watched by more than 200 million people. Khan Academy’s YouTube channel has more than 400,000 subscribers. The 53-year-old Agarwal, a professor of computer science at MIT, is also the president of edX, the new combined online offerings of Harvard, MIT, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas.

Over 400,000 are currently enrolled in the education program. “We’ve created dramatic access to learning for students worldwide. By reinventing online learning, we can dramatically improve what we do on campus,” the Indian American professor who took over as head of edX in May this year, said. “EdX continues to up the ante by increasing partners, classes (seven to dozens for spring 2013) and innovations, such as virtual laboratories,” Forbes added. Datawind had won the tender in 2010 to supply 100,000 Aakash tablets for a price of around $49 per unit. A new version of the tablet PC, featuring one Ghz processor, fourhour battery time, capacitive screen and Android 4.0 operating system, was recently launched in India and at the United Nations.

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