COVID-19 can’t stop Learning
Digital Education Initiatives
Education plays a significant and remedial role in balancing the socio-economic fabric of the country. Since citizens of India are its most valuable resource, our strong nation has been adequately nurtured in the form of basic education to achieve a better quality of life.
Amidst the pandemic, a complete transformation has been observed in our education system and this digital shift has paved the way for fresh opportunities. Recently, the Union Education Minister has reviewed the digital education initiatives of the Ministry of Education.
It is continuously ensured that the best quality content is accessible to all learners in the country, free of cost and for this very purpose, a host of digital initiatives has taken place in the area of knowledge.
Let’s get to know more about these digital initiatives.
To enable multi-mode access to education, a comprehensive initiative called PM e-Vidya has been initiated which unifies all efforts related to digital/online/on-air education. During the pandemic, when attending schools in physical capacity has been restricted, the PM e-Vidya program has educated students through digital platforms so that the learning process of students does not suffer.
Moreover, a special type of e-content has also been provided for visually and hearing-impaired students through this platform.
Under this program, Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing or DIKSHA has been established for school education available for all states and the central government for grades 1 to 12. It can be accessed through a web portal and mobile application.
Further, It also provides access to a large number of curriculums linked to e-content through several use cases and solutions such as QR coded energized textbooks, courses for teachers and quizzes. It is the ‘one nation; one digital platform’ for school education.
National Digital Education Architecture
In the Union Budget 2021-22, the setting up of National Digital Educational Architecture has been announced within the context of a Digital First Mindset. The initiative will not only support teaching and learning activities but also educational planning and governance administrative activities of the Centre and the States/ Union Territories.
For ensuring a seamless digital learning experience, NDEAR is being envisioned to be a digital infrastructure for education. It will be beneficial for both Centre and States in planning, administering and governing school education.
Next in the line, we have SWAYAM or ‘Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds’. It is an integrated platform for offering online courses and covering school (9th to 12th) to Postgraduate Level. Its online courses are being used not only by the students but also by the teachers and non-student learners, in the form of lifelong learning.
SWAYAM Prabha is an initiative to provide 32 High-Quality Educational Channels through DTH (Direct to Home) across the length and breadth of the country on a 24X7 basis. It has curriculum-based course content covering diverse disciplines. It is primarily aimed at making quality learning resources accessible to remote areas where internet availability is still a challenge.
National Digital Library
Moreover, a National Digital Library has also been developed as a framework of a virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility. There are more than 3 crore digital resources available through the NDL. The contents cover almost all major domains of education and all major levels of learners.
Apart from this, Virtual Lab and E-Yantra have also been developed to strengthen the digital education system. Virtual Lab provides a fully interactive simulation environment to perform experiments, collect data, and answer questions to assess the understanding of the knowledge acquired whereas E-Yantra enables effective education across engineering colleges in India on embedded systems and Robotics.
Not only this, but our digital initiatives also include SwayamPrabha TV channels, extensive use of radio, community radio and podcasts, National Repository of Open Educational Resources and E-textbooks.
All these endeavours warrant an all-around development of the citizens. This new age education will leverage technology to be open, inclusive and accessible for all.
Reviewed digital initiatives of the Ministry of Education including PM e-Vidya and National Digital Education Architecture(N-DEAR). New age education will leverage technology to be open, inclusive and accessible. pic.twitter.com/PQMnJpdmXL
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) July 13, 2021
https://pib.gov.in/Pressreleaseshare.aspx?PRID=1577240 – Initiatives
https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetailm.aspx?PRID=1655697 – Initiatives
https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1696880 – National Digital Education Architecture