PM e-Vidya Programme: At the press conference on Sunday, 17th May 2020, Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman announced the fifth and last tranche of the 20-lakh crore Covid-19 financial packages. With the education sector of India facing an indefinite standstill post lockdown, the government has taken a few steps in this direction to facilitate online education and make e-learning feasible. Utilizing all of the available technologies and promoting Digital Learning, the plans that the government has put forward ensures that students do not face difficulties in learning amidst all the chaos and turmoil that is going on.
PM e-Vidya Program To Be Launched Soon
This will see the launch of the PM e-Vidya Program immediately, enabling multi-mode access to digital/online education. Top 100 universities, including IITs, IIMs, institutes of eminence, and national institutes will be allowed to start online classes by 30th May. Keeping in mind the difficulties faced by the students in areas having no reach and support of the internet, the government has also introduced Swayam Prabha DTH Channels. These are free to air educational channels which is a conglomeration of 32 DTH channels which air educational contents, on different topics including arts, science, commerce, performing arts, social sciences and humanities subjects, engineering, technology, medicine, and agriculture.
12 more channels are to be introduced soon, with each channel solely dedicated to classes 1 to 12, called ‘one class, one channel.’ Each of these channels, which broadcast pre-recorded content for six hours on four subjects on a daily basis, also provides a doubt clearance session for students, with its dedicated helpline. Check >> PISA Now To Be Held In 2022 Postponed by One Year, Confirms MHRD
“Swayam Prabha DTH channels have reached those who do not have access to the internet, and DIKSHA platform has had 61 crore hits from 24th March,” said Mrs. Sitharaman.
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One Nation, One Digital Platform
In addition to this, the PM e-VIDYA will also introduce e-content and QR coded energized textbooks under the name ‘Diksha’, also called as ‘one nation, one digital platform’, with textbooks and study materials for all grades, made available in 14 languages, Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Chhattisgarhi. These platforms will further be extended to radio, community radio, podcasts, and the release of special e-content for the use of the visually impaired and the hearing impaired. Plans have also been drafted for mental health and well being of the students, teachers, and families through Manodarpan, a step for the psychosocial support. Read | CBSE Board Exam 2020 Update Decision on Pending Exam Very Soon!
Other initiatives like New National Curriculum and Pedagogical framework for school, early childhood and teachers, and National Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission which is aimed at making every child attain learning levels and outcomes in grade five by 2025 will roll out soon this year, according to the ministry. Check >> UP Board 10th Result 2020: Direct Link To Check