Sugata Mitra, an NRI professor in London, has won the million-dollar TED Prize for his vision of building schools in the Internet cloud so that the young minds learn freely.
Mitra's journey to the prestigious TED gathering in Long Beach, California started more than a decade ago when he had stuck a computer through a hole in a slum wall to see what children do to it. Eight hours later, he returned to find them browsing the Internet in English. What he discovered accidently was a way of teaching children better. His experiment was duplicated in many countries with the same result: children can drive their own education if given Internet access and nudged by adults who stay out of their way.
The TED community includes Nobel winners, entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, political figures, including former US vice president Al Gore, and film and music stars.