“One nation , one digital platform” 

#GS2 #Education  

Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister has announced several initiatives to boost education sector. The Minister said that investing in the human capital is equivalent to an investment in productivity and prosperity of the nation. The present pandemic situation has presented new challenges and several opportunities for our education system. 

Immediate set of initiatives 

  1. A comprehensive initiative called PM e-VIDYA will be launched which unifies all efforts related to digital/online/on-air education.  
    • This will enable multi-mode access to education, and includes:  
      • DIKSHA (one nation-one digital platform) which will now become the nation’s digital infrastructure for providing quality e-content in school education for all the states/UTs;  
      • TV (one class-one channel) where one dedicated channel per grade for each of the classes 1 to 12 will provide access to quality educational material: 
      • SWAYAM online courses in MOOCS format for school and higher education;  
      • IITPAL for IITJEE/NEET preparation;  
      • Air through Community radio and CBSE Shiksha Vani podcast;  and study material for the differently abled developed on Digitally Accessible Information System (DAISY) and in sign language on NIOS website/ YouTube. This will benefit nearly 25 crore school going children across the country. 
  2. In this time of global pandemic, it is vital that we provide psychosocial support to students, teachers and families for mental health and emotional wellbeing.  
    • The Manodarpan initiative is being launched to provide such support through a website, a toll-free helpline, national directory of counsellors, interactive chat platform, etc.  
    • This initiative will benefit all school going children in the country, along with their parents, teachers and the community of stakeholders in school education. 
  3. Government is expanding e-learning in higher education – by liberalizing open, distance and online education regulatory framework.  
    • Top 100 universities will start online courses.  
    • Also, online component in conventional Universities and ODL programmes will also be raised from present 20% to 40%.  
    • This will provide enhanced learning opportunities to nearly 7 crore students across different colleges and Universities. 
  4. There is a need to promote critical thinking, creative and communication skills, along with experiential and joyful learning for the students focussing on learning outcomes.  
    • The curriculum must be rooted in the Indian ethos and integrated with global skill requirements.  
    • Therefore, it has been decided to prepare a new National Curriculum and Pedagogical Framework for school education, teacher education and early childhood stage to prepare students and future teachers as per global benchmarks. 
  5. A National Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission will be launched, for ensuring that every child in the country necessarily attains foundational literacy and numeracy in Grade 3 by 202 For this, teacher capacity building, a robust curricular framework, engaging learning material – both online and offline, learning outcomes and their measurement indices, assessment techniques, tracking of learning progress, etc. will be designed to take it forward in a systematic fashion. This mission will cover the learning needs of nearly 4 crore children in the age group of 3 to 11 years. 
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