The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Rotary India have come together to digitally sign an MoU for the telecast of e-learning content for classes 1 to 12, over all NCERT TV channels.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed to this effect in the presence of Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhariyal ‘Nishank’. This digital event was attended by Secretary of Department of Education & Literacy Anita Karwal also.
This partnership along with the guidance and support of MHRD will ensure children across the country benefit from e-learning and have access to content approved by NCERT.
Under the Vidya Daan 2.0 initiative, Rotary International will provide high-quality e – content in Hindi to NCERT for standards 1 to 12 for all subjects. Rotary International will also be providing material for children with special needs and lend full support to the Adult Literacy Mission. It will offer training to teachers, and help them in their professional development.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has been working to “develop the best education system rooted in Indian ethos with technology and innovation as strong pillars,” said the HRD Minister. The Ministry has also been trying to integrate technology in education through various schemes and initiatives like Operation Digital Board, DIKSHA, E – Pathshala, SWAYAM and SWAYAM PRABHA.
The pandemic and related lockdown have only strengthened the Ministry’s resolve to focus on innovation and digitisation in education, with emphasis on creating e-learning as well as accurate, relevant and updated study material for all, so that students can access quality education at home. The aim is to fulfil the vision of ‘one nation one digital platform’.
Using radio and television as the primary media, content will be delivered to students in locations without internet or mobile connectivity. This MoU is a step in that direction.
Learning modules for classes 1-12 will be telecast through 12 national television channels of NCERT, w.e.f July 2020. The e-learning modules will also be available through the Government’s national mobile app, DIKSHA.
Right now, the content is available in Hindi and Punjabi, and will benefit about ten cror students 12 states and union territories. The content will soon be translated into all regional languages by NCERT and the respective SCERTs.
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