Government Schools Become the Hub for Digital Transformation
Global Tech Outlook presents gives a glimpse, of How Technology is Transforming Govt school in India
Indian Education System has transformed significantly in the past decade. From smart classrooms, to digital labs to the National Education policy – 2020, the Indian Education System, has taken a big leap into the field of technology amplifying Digital Transformation in Government Schools.
India has more than 220 million school going children and 14 million teachers, however the number of students moving from school to college is not proportionate. Earlier, the previous governments have taken many initiatives to use technology to take education to the masses,with the same motif,
Narendra Modi and his government have been working diligently, to take education to the masses.The biggest support for this has come from the growth of low-cost computer and internet technology.
*National Digital Literacy Mission – NDLM
The Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) or National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) Scheme aims to impart IT training to 52.5 lakh persons, including Anganwadi and ASHA workers with the specific purpose of ensuring that the non-IT literate citizens are trained to become IT literate to enable them to actively and effectively participate in the democratic and developmental process and also enhance their livelihood.
In the first phase, 10 lakh beneficiaries will be trained under the scheme. Nine lakh beneficiaries will be eligible for training fee support from the government and the remaining 100,000 beneficiaries will be trained by the industry and civil society partners.
*Web Based School GIS – bettering SSA and RMSA delivery and resource utilization
Web Based School GIS application, is an initiative of the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of HRD for seamless visualization of school locations across the country. This is powered by NICMAPS.
This web service application comprises of administrative boundaries up to village level and location information up to habitation level along with basic GIS functionalities and measurement tools which will help to improve the quality of planning and better utilization of resources available under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).
ePathshala – NCERT’s push for digital books and note taking
The Digital India campaign has promoted extensive use of ICTs in the teaching learning process based upon the fact that mobile and technology can reach where sometimes even humans can’t.
ePathshala is a joint initiative of Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and will be disseminating all educational e-resources including textbooks, audio, video, periodicals, and a variety of other print and non-print materials.
Students, Teachers, Educators and Parents can access eBooks through multiple technology platform that is mobile phones, tablets and from the web through laptops and desktops. Features of these books allow users to pinch, select, zoom, bookmark, highlight, navigate, share and take notes digitally.
This way, technology is bringing a leap into Digital Transformation in Government schools.The pandemic, in turn, has accelerated the flow of Digital Transformation in Government schools in India.
Apart from this,Education redressal boards shall be set up such that public’s grievances related to online learning can be entertained. It can have different verticals on women, disabled students and marginalized sections such that their needs can be catered differently by the concerned departments.
Subsidized data packs and additional data has to be provided for students. Countries like Japan allow its students to avail extra internet at low or free cost such that Internet cannot be a hindrance to online mode of learning.There is a need for database which can have a record of students who can be assisted with technologies after-school as technology can’t be affordable by all. “Availability”, “Accessibility” and “Affordability” are the three areas of concern to improve digitization in Indian Education System. Alike COVID-19, India has to prepare itself for similar global pandemics where the Right to Education of the students is not compromised and can easily adapt themselves to online mode of education with no hurdles and disturbances at all.
If this is how India would become a country free of shackles like Illiteracy, Economic problems, Unemployment, Poverty and many others hindering development.