Union Government coming up with National Mission on ICT

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Kollam: The Union Government is framing a National Mission on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that will link all the schools in the country through an IT-enabled platform so as to provide an opportunity for students and teachers to share knowledge and hone their skills using Learner Centric Methodology. The aim is to create an IT-enabled network by facilitating Internet connection of minimum 10 mbps to all the schools, a top official said today.

According to Radha Chauhan, Joint Secretary, Secondary Education, Government of India, “Latest technological innovations will be put in use to share multimedia and web content through the platform. Apart from creating a better governance system for the schools, we are aiming to deliver quality education to all students in the country through the National Mission”.

She was speaking at a panel discussion on ‘Schools in Villages: Learner Centric Methodologies, Blending Skill Development: Existing Infrastructure and other challenges in schools in villages; Blended Learning: Combining Methodologies, Innovative Solutuions with / without ICT, Broad plan for India, Proposed Pilots’, organised on the opening day of the three-day Amritavarsham60 being organised by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math.

Addressing the seminar through a video conferencing, Radha said the National Mission would also aim at bringing transparency in governance of the country’s schools. The government was also considering a proposal to provide a tablet or a similar device to all students in the higher secondary education level.

The discussion assumes significance as Amrita University has developed a unique tablet-based multimedia learning programme for the education in villages. “It takes into account the learning needs of multi-grade rural students and is exclusively designed for the tablet format, taking into considering its screen size and low processing power”, explained Raghu Raman, Director of Amrita University’s Centre for Research in Advanced Technologies for Education (CREATE).

Amrita has also developed a unique E-Learning system, A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive e-Learning World), which is cutting-edge video conferencing software, customized explicitly for Universities.

The others dignitaries who spoke at the discussion were Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT-Delhi; Dr. Rajaram Sharma, Joint Director, NCERT; Dr. Mary Jane Parmentier, Global Technology & Development Program, Arizona University; Prof. Kamal Bijlani, Dr. Shiffon Chatterjee and Prof. Prema Nedungadi, all from E-Learning, Amrita University.

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