A solar powered classroom on wheels is what the MoVE project is all about. Skills training is the least accessible to those who stand to benefit the most from it. Making vocational education mobile may be one solution to this. In an effort to bring quality vocational education to the otherwise inaccessible regions of the diverse geography that India is, AMMACHI Labs conceptualised, designed and built a mobile vocational training center. This makes it even more difficult to implement a way to help these communities participate in any formal economic sector, and thereby overcome poverty. The future of MoVE is two-fold: one being MoVE-in-a-box where all the IT devices required for conducting a class is packed in a box instead of a vehicle. This would make the MoVE further mobile and bring training to the remotest of areas. the vehicle housing more heavy duty or emerging vocational tools like 3D printers, laser cutters and welding systems. The first model brings training to the villages and the second model aims to carry innovation to the villages.
A MoVE unit is a fully functioning classroom-on-wheels. The technology in the vehicle is powered by solar energy, thereby making it eco-friendly and sustainable and allowing vocational education for sustainable development in logistically and geographically diverse areas. MoVE uses minimal resources and has reduced dependence on local infrastructure. It has increased outreach, reduced operating cost, and helps in teaching at multiple locations.
Equipped with the latest computer and communication technology, the unit typically contains 20 computers, through which students are trained in vocational skills using the SAVE haptic technology applications. It employs Wi-Fi and a local and central database to monitor and assess student performance. Also, A-VIEW, an award-winning Amrita video-conferencing technology platform has been embedded into MoVE providing students instant access to experts in their field of study, for real-time, online interaction.
A mobile classroom has several advantages over a regular classroom such as reusable infrastructure, reduced operating costs and increase in outreach. The complete infrastructure required to conduct vocational training is contained within the MoVE unit.
The technologies used to deliver classes are intuitive and are designed to teach those even with rudimentary literacy. The mobile school currently services remote communities in support of the Empowerment of Women Project and has so far been instrumental in training over 800 beneficiaries in various vocational trades.
As we look into bringing training to more parts of rural India, MoVE will play an important role in bringing skills to those who need it most.