New Delhi, June 9 : To make e-learning more constructive, NCERT and Rotary India on Tuesday digitally signed an MoU for e-learning content telecast for classes 1-12 over all NCERT TV channels in the presence of Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' here.
Expressing happiness over signing of the MoU, the Human Resource Development Minister hoped that amid Covid-19 the collaboration of Rotary India Humanity Foundation and NCERT with the guidance and support of MHRD will ensure that "e-learning reaches children across the country with NCERT approved content."
Mr Pokhriyal said that under Vidya Daan 2.0 Rotary International will provide the e-content in Hindi language to NCERT for classes I to XII for all subjects. "This material is of high class and very high quality; it will benefit all our children very much," he said and added that along with this Rotary International will provide material for special needs children as well as contribute its entirety to the Adult Literacy Mission. They will also provide the Teacher Training (including professional development) content, an official release here said. "Students would be reached through radio and TV where there is no internet or mobile connectivity available and this MoU is a big step in that direction," he said and hoped that through this MoU quality education will reach students more effectively. The MoU between NCERT and Rotary India Humanity Foundation was signed by NCERT Director Prof Hrushikesh Senapaty along with Joint Director of NCERT Prof Amarendra Behera and on behalf of Rotary India, in person by Director Rotary India Water Mission Ranjan Dhingra.
Rotary International Director 2019-21 Kamal Sanghvi informed details of the tie ups, which include NCERT TV Tie-up, that is curriculum modules telecast for classes 1-12,through twelve national Television channels of NCERT, to be available from July 2020 (content to be vetted by NCERT as per their curriculum). Also, DIKSHA App tie-up where e-Learning modules would also be available through GOI’s national mobile app, DIKSHA, at the same time.
The content is currently available in Hindi (and Punjabi) and shall be implemented immediately across 12 states/UTs schools of approximately 10 crore students. The intellectual rights to the content would be with Rotary and provided to NCERT, so that the content can be translated to all regional languages by NCERT and the respective state SCERTs in the next few months. The Union Minister said since March 2020 after the Coronavirus outbreak, learners, teachers, parents and the entire education community have been gravely affected. In this scenario, MHRD is working tirelessly to develop best education system rooted in Indian ethos with technology and innovation as strong pillars, he added. The MHRD has been working on integration of technology in education through various schemes and initiatives like Operation Digital Board, DIKSHA, E–Pathshala, SWAYAM and SWAYAM PRABHA, he said and pointed out that in order to strengthen innovation and digitisation in education, the MHRD is focusing on creating e-learning, accurate and updated study material for all and learning enhancements so that students can access quality education at home. "Through e-learning we want to fulfill the Prime Minister's vision of 'one nation, one digital platform'," he said. Secretary of Department of Education & Literacy Anita Karwal thanked Rotary India Humanity Foundation for their efforts in providing high quality e-learning material for classes I to XII students in various languages.