Indian professor honoured by Dutch university
Delft University of Technology has awarded Professor Suguta Mitra from India an honorary doctorate. He received the award for his work showing that children can learn by themselves and from each other without formal education if their curiosity is stimulated properly.
Professor Mitra champions the cause of children round the world who have no access to education. Around a decade ago, he set up his now famous ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiment, placing a computer in a hole in the wall of his office in a slum district of New Delhi to be used by anyone who wanted to. He observed how children could educate themselves simply by using the computer. The experiment has since been repeated elsewhere in India.
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Delft University of Technology is part of the OpenCourseWare consortium, which makes educational material available globally. As part of the consortium, major universities from around the world make courses available free on the internet.
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