Friday, July 31, 2020

India Report on Digital Education, 2020’ launched by HRD ministry

Introduction:-
Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually launched India Report on Digital Education, 2020 on 28 July ,2020.
Report contains innovative methods adopted by Ministry of HRD, education departments of States and Union Territories for ensuring accessible and inclusive education to children at home and reducing learning gaps .

Important points :-
1.It has been prepared by the digital education division of MHRD in consultation with education departments of the states and union territories.
2.It contains the innovative methods adopted by the MHRD, for ensuring accessible and inclusive education to children at home and reducing learning gaps during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Initiatives by MHRD:-
1.It has started projects to assist teachers, scholars and students in their pursuit of learning like DIKSHA platform, Swayam Prabha TV Channel, Online MOOC courses, On Air – Shiksha Vani,   DAISY by NIOS for differently-abled, e-PathShala, National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) to develop e-content and energized books telecast through TV channels, E-learning portals , webinars, chat groups, distribution of books and other digital initiatives along with State/ UT Governments.

2.It has released guidelines on digital education called 'PRAGYATA'.

Initiatives by State governments and UTs.:-
States and Union Territories have provided digital education at the doorstep of the students. Some of them are:
1.Social Media Interface for Learning Engagement (SMILE) in Rajasthan.
2.Project Home Classes in Jammu.
3.Padhai Tunhar Duvaar (Education at your doorstep) in Chhattisgarh.
4.Unnayan Initiatives through portal and mobile application  in Bihar.
5.Mission Buniyaad in NCT of Delhi.
6.Kerala’s own educational TV channel (KITE VICTERS).
7.E-scholar portal as well as free online courses for teachers in Meghalaya.
8.Telangana has online certificate programs for teachers on ‘Management of mental well-being during COVID’.
9.They used social media tools like WhatsApp Group, Online classes through YouTube channel and Google meet to connect to the students.
10.Some of the states/UTs like Lakshadweep, Nagaland and Jammu & Kashmir have also distributed tablets, DVDs and pendrives, equipped with e-contents to students.
11.They have also distributed textbooks at children’s doorsteps to ensure inclusive learning in remote areas where internet connectivity and electricity is poor.
12.Several states have also focussed on the mental well-being of the children e.g Delhi conducted happiness classes.

Steps to deal with the challenges of providing remote learning:-
1.NIOS & Swayam Prabha contents are disseminated focusing on children who are not connected to the internet and have limited access to radio & TV. 
2.Andhra Pradesh has started Toll Free Call Centre and Toll Free Video call centre for students for understanding critical topics and clearing their doubts.
3. Chhattisgarh has started Motor iskool due to poor mobile connectivity and unavailability of internet services and also started a toll free number as VFS (Virtual Field Support).
4.Jharkhand has started the Roving teacher where many teachers keep moving to teach children.
5.Gujarat started a Reading Campaign for Oral Reading Fluency- Vanchan Abhiyan and Parivar no maalo-salamat ane humfaalo (family’s nest-safe and warm) socio psychological support programme for children.
6.West Bengal has also started an exclusive and dedicated toll-free helpline number to enable students to call and clarify doubts.


MHRD has also launched the 'Manodarpan' initiative, which aims to provide psychosocial support to students, family members and teachers for their mental health and well-being during the times of Covid-19.

Source -PIB

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