The Bengali word sikkhok (শিক্ষক) sketches a very familiar figure of a male or a female with a chalk piece in hand, a black board behind and rows of student in front. Some spectacles with sharp look may give better and additional sketch of our beloved teacher read as Sikkhok. Whatever dress they wear or whatever way they talk, teacher is teacher. Is there anybody who did not have any impact on his/her life from a teacher in any time of his/her life? Yes, a teacher has a great impact on the life of student life long. And there is no alternative of teacher as well.
If the paragraph can be ended here, may people can be contended with pleasure by flashing back some of the memory of their life of the past. But technology changes the world. Windows does not mean collection of windows of the house, rather windows gives the first impression of the product of World giant Software Company, Microsoft. Perhaps the days are not far beyond when we can visualize a site as Sikkhok or teacher. Never mind, this online teacher may become the teacher of the human teacher in near future too. In this revolution, if we can refer the name of Khan Academy (by salman khan) as the pioneer worldwide, then we have to name shikkhok.com (by Ragib hasan ) as one of the greatest milestone toward the journey of online education in Bangladesh.
Actually no great work can be unnoticed. The creature of shikkhok.com is not also unnoticed by the world community. The site was recognized by two prestigious concerns like Google, market leader in search engine technology and the bobs, great observer of innovative websites. Interestingly two market leaders of different sectors recognized shikkhok.com as the best. Google recognized shikkhok.com by Google rise award 2013 and the Bobs recognized shikkhok.com by the bobs user award 2013.
Google was verified 800 projects worldwide for award from which 30 projects were chosen for final selection for prestigious award for 18 countries. For entire Asia, only 2 projects were chosen for award for the first time. Shikkhok.com is the one of them.
Google recognized shikkhok.com by saying the following-
“The Shikkhok.com project aims to provide free online education and high-quality courses in Bengali language to rural and disadvantaged students in Bangladesh and India. They bring together educators and researchers from all over the world for to create content in Bengali language on both basic and advanced topics, to develop a model for ultra-low-cost online education for students in the developing world and to serve as an open, free, and cheaper alternative to traditional educational institutions.”
Google adds more by the following-
“This year we’re delighted to give awards to 30 new organizations from 18 different countries. Combined they will reach more than 90,000 children in 2013, helping inspire and teach the scientists and engineers of the future.
To paraphrase an old saying, from small seeds, great things can grow. The recipients of the 2013 RISE Awards have already made a difference. Connecting with other like-minded organizations will help spread valuable and practical expertise, and spark opportunities for global collaboration and expansion.”
Visitor may visit the following link to know more (2013 Asia Pacific Recipients segments)-
Shikkhok.com was started its journey by august, 2012 by investing just as low as USD 15. In this time of juncture, shikkhok.com covered more than 25 courses in which more than 20,000 students got registered. More than 3000 students visit for online classes every day in this site.
The above statistics is changing every day dramatically. And an online teacher has been creating its pathway to replace the concept of traditional class, teacher, and students and so on.
Moreover, shikkhok.com got the recognition from the bobs by providing User Winner Award. The Bobs awards websites in 14 languages that champion the open exchange of ideas and freedom of expression. When the annual awards launched in 2004, blogs were just beginning to establish themselves as a new type of media and the Bobs aimed to show that this new form of communication was worthy of being taken seriously and to point to the excellent example of work being done online to foster dialogue across language barriers.
The Bobs represent one of Deutsche Welle’s ongoing efforts to contribute to promoting freedom of expression and the upholding of human rights on the internet and around the world.
The link of the result can be accessed from the following link-
His research group-Secrete Lab can be found at secret.cis.uab.edu where research is going on mobile security, cloud security, big data security, and data provenance. He founded another site called, www.jontrogonok.com to teach computer science. Mr. Ragib hasan is working at University of Albama at Bermingham in computer science department as assistant professor since 2011. The subject of his research is computer security and cloud computing.
He had started his career at BUET after completing his graduation in Computer department by the year of 2003. He had joined at University of Illinoi at urbana Champaign in US. He had completed his masters by the year of 2005 and PHD by the year of 2009. He was selected for computer innovation fellowship in a competition of national science foundation competition. He had worked as fellow in Johns Hopkins University for two years. He has been working in bangla Wikipedia since 2006. Moreover he has been working in wiki media as a founding member.
Course list of shikkhok.com can be accessed from the following link:
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