Vinesh Menon

Vinesh Menon is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of value delivery to diverse industries behind him. He has served organisations like ABN, AMRO Bank, Bajaj Capital and Fullerton India across the spectrum of the consumer finance products in various senior management capacities. He ventured into the education sector around 5 years back and has since been involved in various aspects that add value to the K12 Ecosystem. After having established and grown a professionally managed a K12 chain called global discovery academy, Vinesh has recently joined the Rustom Kerawalla promoted VIBGYOR group of schools as their CEO for Education, Skilling & Consulting services with a focus on enhancing vocational training & education services in line with the state and central government initiatives in these domains.

Skilling teachers and students for digital India

Digital India is a campaign launched in the year 2015 by the Government of India to ensure that the government services are made available to citizens electronically by improved online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity or by making the country digitally empowered in the field of technology.

This was a much needed initiative amongst other areas aimed to bring in universal digital literacy and to make technology access a necessity rather than a privilege.

While Digital India took shape and enabled growth in Internet penetration and users, another initiative was launched by the Ministry for Human Resource & Development at least 11 years earlier when in Year 2004, Information, Communications & Technology or ICT was introduced in government schools under the banner of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhyaan or RMSA.

Combine these two initiatives and one will soon realise that if the Education sector and its stakeholders, which have a key role to shape this country in the years to come, does not adapt to the digital era, there could be a serious disconnect from the progressive initiatives that the government intends to undertake. I am thus narrowing down my views to government and other non-privately-run schools and not the fast growing private chain of k12 schools that for me are quite on top in adaptation to Digitally driven Education.

Skilling of students for Digital India is a paradox. I do not think that students of today’s generation especially in Metros, Tier 1 and even Tier 2 towns need much hand holding to adopt technology. These are children born in the era of Facebook & Whatsapp and with telecom companies competing with each other to offer the best quality data services, it will not be long before all children and students take to technology and digital platforms like a Duck takes to water.

The proof of the pudding also lies in the fact that most children who took part in a unique Android Mobile App Design competition conducted by a progressive K12 chain about 2 years ago was from the tier 2/3 cities were young children from Grade 6 who actually came up with brilliant app solutions in the fields of environment, health & nutrition, civic & hygiene facilities etc.

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