Prime Minister NarendraModi on Wednesday launched his most ambitious Digital India programme, which aims at transforming the country into a digitally-empowered knowledge economy. The programme aims at bringing as many as 2.5 villages under broadband connectivity. The highlights of the Digital India programme, worth Rs 1 lakh crore, aree-commerce, banking, health and e-governance. Education is also one of the important elements of this initiative.
What exactly Digital India holds for Education ?
As the name suggests, the programme is aimed at providing high-tech education using state-of-the-art technology to all. This programme can also be used to provide education in far-flung areas where it may not be possible for teachers to be present in person. The education can be imparted through virtual means as part of the programme.
National Scholarship Portal:
The National Scholarships Portal is a one-stop solution for end-to-end scholarship process. From submission of student application, verification, sanction to disbursal to end beneficiary for all the scholarships provided by the government, this is an important tool of the Digital India initiative.
This move simplifies the process for students by providing common application form and one-time registration. SMS and e-mail alert would be sent to students at every step of scholarship process.
As part of the Digital India program launch, Prime Minister NarendraModialso announced the launch of The Centre of Excellence (CoE) for IoT in Bangalore. A joint venture by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) and Education and Research Network (ERNET), the CoE will be run on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model with seed fund from the government and will be managed by NASSCOM.
But, will Digital India help education become modern and accessible to all? How can it be achieved? What are other modern technologies that are helping evolve the modern education system?
There are three components of technology enabled modern education. Digital content, technology platform and delivery infrastructure i.e. Internet. However there is a lack of internet infrastructure. Availability of high quality wirlessinternet speed is still a challenge. Penetration is also an issue currently. Right ecosystem can be created when we will be able to empower better quality mobile based internet. Increasing internet footprint will also help to create the right ecosystem.
Of late there’s a lot of focus on gamification. A lot of interactive online and offline tools are being developed to modernise the segment. Robotic education has also taken off well in the country.
Now with government initiatives and PM Modi’s Digital India dream, the ecosystem we seek is not a distant reality. Indian youth are technology driven and find online learning to be especially beneficial as it saves them significant amount of cost, time and effort. For young working professionals who are determined to imbibe new skills to excel in their careers faster, Live virtual classrooms (LVC), is the perfect option since they can pursue knowledge at their own pace and time.
While Digital India announcement lays the cornerstone for India’s digital journey, we look forward to a detailed framework from the Government to realize its digital dream.