One Nation, One Digital Platform: HRD Minister

“One Nation, One Digital Platform” and “One Class One Channel” will ensure the reach of quality education to the farthest corners of the country says HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

Pokhriyal said that the “One Nation, One Digital Platform” and “One Class One Channel” will ensure that quality education material will reach the students present in the farthest areas of the country.

He said that the initiatives will boost the access and equity in education and improve the gross enrolment ratio in the times to come.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank also thanked the Union Finance Minister for the initiatives and hoped that they will transform the education system and bring out holistic development of students of the country.

Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced several initiatives to boost the education sector and said that investing in human capital is equivalent to an investment in productivity and prosperity of the nation.

The Finance Minister highlighted that the education sector has taken this opportunity to plan several interventions, particularly in the area of adopting innovative curriculum and pedagogies, concentrating energies on the gap areas, being more inclusive and integrating technology at every stage, to usher in a new era of focussed investment in the human capital.

The Finance Minister further said that the government is committed to ensuring learning for all, with equity, so as to cover all students at all levels of education and in all geographical locations, even in the remotest parts of the country.

Union Finance Minister announced 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 which will now become the nation’s digital infrastructure for providing quality e-content in school education; TV where one dedicated channel per grade for each of the classes 1 to 12; 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.

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 components in conventional universities and ODL programmes will also be raised from 20% to 40%. This will provide enhanced learning opportunities to nearly 7 crore students across different colleges and Universities.

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