Pennam Foundation and Nextal Meta Empower Hearing-Impaired Students with Innovative eLearning Solutions


Hyderabad: Pennam Foundation, in collaboration with Nextal Meta, brings a revolution in the education sector by distributing 50 tabs customised with content to aid the learning of hearing-impaired students. The Foundation also plans to give another 50 tabs in the next three months. The tablets were handed over to the children in the presence of Sri. Koppula Eshwar, Minister for Scheduled Castes Development, Minority Welfare, Disabled and Senior Citizen Welfare, Government of Telangana. Smt. Bharati Hollikeri IAS, Special Secretary and Commissioner, Department of Woman and Child Welfare, Government of Telangana and Smt. B. Sailaja, Director, Department for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens and Transgender Persons, Government of Telangana, were the guests of honour at the programme. M. Srinivasulu, State Advisory Member of Disability Rights Act Implementation Committee, Government of Telangana and a founder member of the Network of the Persons with Disability Organisations (NPdO) and Nithin Sharma, Senior Director-Engineering, Qualcomm, graced the occasion as special guests.

The tablets contain online learning materials for students of Class 10. The learning materials are based on the curricula prescribed by State Boards and the Central Board for Secondary Education. The eLearning materials are created by the developers of E Sign Meta app, a novel, pioneering digital solution for the hearing impaired. E Sign Meta app facilitates introduction of eLearning methodologies for teaching the differently-abled children studying in K-12 Grades and students pursuing higher education. The app will help students with disabilities get access to customised learning content and enable them to acquire knowledge and skills to successfully build their careers.

Speaking on the occasion S Koppula Eshwar, Minister for Scheduled Caste Development, Minority Welfare, Disabled and Senior Citizen Welfare, Government of Telangana said “Pennam Foundation, which was started was started three years back with a mission to serve the underprivileged sections of the society, has worked on several areas like education, healthcare, and providing food for the needy, in a small time. Earlier, his father and now Sudhakar are carrying on the good work. I am pleasantly surprised to know more about Pennam Foundation. The Foundation has many employees in India and other countries to serve needy people. The tablets distributed to deaf and dumb students today are a great use of technology to bring world-class content in sign language to help these kids. The Foundation is doing some great work to solve the problems of these people. Telangana government will also extend support to help such needy people.”

Speaking on the occasion, S Sudhakar Pennam, Founder of the Pennam Foundation and CEO of Solunus Inc. and Kairos Technologies, said, “At the Pennam Foundation, we explore innovative solutions to positively impact the communities where we work and live. We are delighted to partner with Nextal Meta to leverage technology to solve the difficulties faced by students with hearing impairment to get access to quality content that help them understand the concepts and learn. Our disruptive solution offered through this app will provide top-class digital educational materials for subjects that support sign language, which is in line with contemporary learning methodologies and enables holistic empowerment for learning for the underprivileged students with hearing impairment.”

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Hemanth, the CTO of Nextal Meta, said, “We are delighted to partner with Pennam Foundation to provide learning solutions for students with hearing impairment. Modern technology can be leveraged to provide practical solutions to real-life problems. Our E Sign Meta app uses technology to provides customised content for the hearing impaired and assist these children in developing both personally and professionally.”