Five Chennai schools get Tamil Nadu’s first virtual reality labs for education

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Chennai-based virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) startup Meynikara on Monday launched ‘Meta Kalvi’, Tamil Nadu’s first VR labs for excellence in education in three government schools and two corporation schools in the Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni assembly constituency in the city.

The launch of the educational VR labs took place in a shared 3D virtual environment, called Metaverse. School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, MLA Udhayanidhi Stalin and MP Dayanidhi Maran took part in the inaugural event.

Ganeshram, founder, Meynikara, said the experience of the immersive learning that VR brings would take education to a different level. “The biggest challenge in India is not teaching, it is about creating interest among the students. When the students enter the VR world, their interest level increases. The VR learning model in Tamil Nadu will be an example for the rest of the country; this will definitely reduce the dropout rates,” he said.

‘Meta Kalvi’ VR labs provides a virtual reality learning method (VRLM) for key topics in maths and science subjects from class 6-9 in the Tamil Nadu State Board Samacheer Kalvi syllabus in both English and Tamil. The initiative is likely to be extended to other schools under the Chennai corporation and later in other parts of the state as well.