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Samsung partners With Unesco for videos on Indian heritage sites

DH News Service, Mumbai, Dec 30 2017, 15:21 IST
The immersive content will also be available to students at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya where Samsung Smart Class have been set up in over 500 schools since 2013.

The immersive content will also be available to students at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya where Samsung Smart Class have been set up in over 500 schools since 2013.

Samsung India has entered into a partnership with Unesco Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) to launch 360 video and virtual reality (VR) content of two magnificent Indian heritage sites - the Sun Temple in Konark, Odisha and the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The project will provide experiential educational content to students across the country.

The immersive content will also be available to students at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), where Samsung Smart Class have been set up in over 500 schools since 2013.

This effort to use VR for educating students will go a long way in taking forward the government's vision of a digital India.

Currently, India has 36 Unesco heritage sites. Samsung India may take up more sites to develop 360 videos and VR content in future.

So far, Samsung Smart Class programme has benefitted over 2.5 lakh students and has trained over 8,000 teachers on how to effectively use interactive technology to teach students.

The programme aims to bridge the digital gap between rural and urban India and provide equal opportunities for quality education to children from all backgrounds.

The content on Indian heritage sites will be available freely across all social media channels in both 360 and VR formats.

VR content will also be provided to the Union Ministry of Tourism and state tourism boards to be used for tourism promotion in India and across the world.

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