National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS) and 1M1B Foundation signed MoU, that will train teachers and students in AR and VR skills

New Delhi: A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed on 7th November 2022 between the National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS), an autonomous organization established under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and 1M1B Foundation (1M1B) at NESTS headquarters, New Delhi. The MoU was signed by Shri. Asit Gopal, Commissioner, NESTS, and Shri. Manav Subodh, Managing Director, 1M1B, in the presence of the 1M1Band NESTS teams.

The program will equip teachers and students with Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) skills using the AR-VR skills curriculum launched by CBSE. The program objectives include the conduct of training and capacity-building programs for teachers and students of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS). In the pilot phase, as part of the MoU, the program is being implemented in EMRSs of 2 states, namely Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

1 Million For 1 Billion (1M1B), is a USA based Not for Profit Company accredited to United Nations Organization with special consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications and also a registered credible organization with NGO Darpan Portal of NITI Aayog. It is a social innovation and future skills initiative aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

NESTS, in partnership with the implementing agency, 1M1B aims to engage students of EMRS in nation-building by enabling teachers and students to understand the world of possibilities offered by emerging technologies and become creators using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to build India’s metaverse. In congruence with NEP 2020, it is believed that this collaboration will go a long way in providing students of EMRSs exposure to immersive, visual, and experiential learning that will enhance human infrastructure resources for the nation.