●India Report on Digital Education-2020
•Recently, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched India Report on Digital Education, 2020.
[Note: Recently the MHRD has been renamed as the Ministry of Education]
•Report elaborate the innovative methods adopted by the MHRD, for ensuring accessible and inclusive education to children at home and reducing learning gaps during the Covid-19 pandemic.
•It has initiated many projects to assist teachers, scholars and students in their pursuit of learning like DIKSHA platform, Swayam Prabha TV Channel, On Air – Shiksha Vani, e-PathShala and telecast through TV channels.
•It also released guidelines on digital education called ‘PRAGYATA’
•Several states have also focussed on the mental well-being of the children e.g Delhi conducted happiness classes.
•MHRD has also launched the ‘Manodarpan’ initiative, which aims to provide psychosocial support to students, family members
•States and Union Territories have provided digital education at the doorstep of the students. Some of them are:
•Social Media Interface for Learning Engagement (SMILE) in Rajasthan.
•Project Home Classes in Jammu.
•Padhai Tunhar Duvaar (Education at your doorstep) in Chhattisgarh.
•Unnayan Initiatives in Bihar.
•Mission Buniyaad in NCT of Delhi.
•Kerala’s own educational TV channel (KITE VICTERS).
•E-scholar portal as well as free online courses for teachers in Meghalaya.
•They used social media tools like WhatsApp Group, Online classes through YouTube channel and Google meet to connect to the students.
•Some of the states/UTs like Lakshadweep, Nagaland and Jammu & Kashmir have also distributed tablets, DVDs and pendrives, equipped with e-contents to students.
•They have also distributed textbooks at children’s doorsteps to ensure inclusive learning in remote areas where internet connectivity and electricity is poor.