The multi-mode access to digital education or e-vidya programme, announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, will come with 12-DTH channels each dedicated to classes 1 to 12. About 100 universities and more will be allowed to start teaching by 30 May. The aim is to smoothen out the creases in online education of the country and make e-learning a viable option for students and teachers alike.
“To provide enhanced learning opportunities to 3.7 crore students in higher education and expand e-learning by liberalizing open, distance, and online education regulatory framework, the top 100 universities will start online courses. Online components in conventional Universities and ODL programmes will also be raised from 20% to 40%,” commented Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union HRD Minister, in a tweet.
Differently abled students who would previously find learning difficult can find a comfortable space for learning. Specialised virtual content for visually and hearing impaired learners will be provided in the scheme. Edutech founders are optimistic about the latest government initiative that will bring positive changes in equalising the modern of teaching and learning.
‘PM e-vidya’ programme will consist of ‘Diksha’ involving e-content and QR coded energized textbooks for all grades and will be called as ‘one nation, one digital platform,’ said Sitharaman.
Students who have no internet access can still continue learning with Swayam Prabha DTH channels. The National Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission has assured about quality learning outcomes that every child will achieve. The initiatives for the same will be introduced by December 2020.