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  • 23 July, 2021

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Government efforts to promote IT based education

Government efforts to promote IT-based education

  • A comprehensive initiative called PM eVIDYA has been initiated as part of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan on 17th May 2020, which unifies all efforts related to digital/online/on-air education to enable multi-mode access to education.

The initiative includes:

  • DIKSHA (one nation, one digital platform)is the nation’s digital infrastructure for providing quality e-content for school education in states/UTs and QR-coded Energized Textbooks for all grades are available on it.
  • One earmarked Swayam Prabha TV channel per class from 1 to 12 (one class, one channel).
  • Extensive use of Radio, Community Radio and CBSE Podcast- Shiksha Vani.
  • Special e-content for visually and hearing impaired developed on Digitally Accessible Information System (DAISY) and in sign language on NIOS website/ YouTube.

Other initiatives

  • In order to promote online education, UGC has notified necessary regulation, which facilitates the Universities to offer full-fledged Online programs.
  • Further, the current provisions of 20 per cent Online courses in a programme, as per provisions of UGC SWAYAM and ODL Regulations to be enhanced up to a maximum of 40 per cent for implementation considering “National interest during COVID-19” and also to ensure effective utilization of e-resources.
  • Various digital initiatives are also undertaken by the Ministry of education viz. SWAYAM ("Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds"), SWAYAM Prabha, National Digital Library (NDL), Virtual Lab, e-Yantra, NEAT (National Education Alliance for technology), FOSSEE (Free Open-Source Software for Education) etc to ensure quality education to the students.
  • To improve the internet connectivity in rural areas the CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd (CSC-SPV) of MEITY has been assigned the task of providing Fibre to the Home (FTTH) connectivity to Government Institutions, including schools.
  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched a ‘Cyber Security Handbook’ to ensure safe and healthy digital habits among students.

Source: PIB


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