Government boost Online Education With PM eVidya For Students Through Dedicated TV Channels
Announcing the fifth and last tranche of the Rs 20-lakh crore Covid-19 packages, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today informed that the government has taken various steps to boost online education during lockdown. The government will launch PM e-Vidya programme immediately for multi-mode access to digital/ online education. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Swayam Prabha DTH channels launched to support and reach those who do not have access to the internet.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced the government’s plans on education with schemes to provide technology-driven education in the country. The Finance Minister announced several schemes to provide education with equity to students. In order to ensure poor children who don’t have access to high-speed internet also get an education, the government has launched the Swayam Prabha DTH channels initiative. According to the new scheme, 15 channels have to be added. Three channels have already been added while 12 remains to be added.
This programme has the objective of promoting e-learning and digital content for students across the nation. As a lot of students don’t have access to the internet, this programme will help them access the educational content through television and radio during the nationwide lockdown.ith all educational institutes shut down in the nation due to the coronavirus outbreak and the nationwide lockdown, the students of the country are suffering academically. To combat this problem, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launced the PM eVidya Programme, a venture by the government which will help students gain access to educational content at home.
The government has launched Swayam Prabha DTH channels to support and reach those who do not have access to the internet, now 12 more channels will be added,” said Finance Minister, as reported by ANI.
The Swayam Prabha is HRD ministry’s free-to-air education channels, which is a group of 32 DTH channels that provide educational content. The channels teach on topics like arts, science, commerce, performing arts, social sciences and humanities subjects, engineering, technology, medicine, and agriculture.
All of the 32 Swayam Prabha channels offer users around six hours of pre-recorded content on four different subjects daily. It also allows students to clear their doubts by calling on a dedicated helpline.
PM eVidya Programme:
The PM eVidya Programme is a venture to promote multi-mode access to digital educational content among students and teachers who might not have access to a stable internet connection. The government programme is being launched immediately and will consist of-
- DIKSHA for school education: This will consist of e-content and energized textbooks for all grades in all the schools across the states and union territories of the country.
- One earmarked TV channel per class for 1st to 12th standard, to air educational content related to their courses and syllabus this academic year.
- Extensive use of radio, community radio and podcasts to broadcast educational programmes for students living in nearby localities.
- Top 100 universities in the country will be allowed to start online courses for students from May 30 via television and radio.
- Manodarpan: This is an initiative for the psychosocial support of students, teachers and families, who are struggling to maintain their mental health and emotional well-being during this lockdown. This platform will be launched immediately.
- New NationalCurriculum and Pedagogical framework for school, early childhood and teachers, which will be integrated wil 21st century skill requirements, will also be launched.
- National Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission, which will ensure that every child attains learning levels and outcomes in grade 5 by 2025 will be launched by the end of this year, in December 2020.
These measures have one primary focus- to help students and teachers access educational content even if they don’t have access to a stable internet connection. Most of the key features of this plan will be put into action immediately to help students utilise their breaks.
On the steps taken for the education sector, the finance minister said, “Provision has been made for the live telecast of teachings. We have also tied up with private operators such as Tata Sky and DTH to air educational content.”
Sitharaman said top 100 universities will start online courses by May 30. “Extensive use of podcasts and radio. Special e-content for visually and hearing-impaired students. Top 100 universities will be allowed to start online courses by May 30,” FM said.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said reforms will be the focus of the fifth and final tranche of the economic stimulus package to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.