New Delhi — Union HRD Minister Smriti Z Irani, while speaking at the edNEXT, National Conference on ICT in School Education at New Delhi today, said that the use of ICT will strengthen school education system. She also said that education ministers of certain States were working to reduce the burden of exams on students.
The event showcased various ICT based initiatives in school education. During the conference, e-Pathshala, Saaransh and National Programme on School Standards and Evaluation Framework (Shala Siddhi) were launched. These are either web portals or mobile phone applications.
Further, Shala Darpan, MDM-IVRS and Ekta project from Alwar were also showcased. Students at the event shared their excitement about these apps, which promise to make learning more interesting, school bags lighter and books available on the go.
E-Pathshala, a web portal that hosts educational resources for students, teachers, parents, researchers and educators, is available through a specially developed mobile app interface on Android, iOS and Windows platforms for wider access. It contains textbooks and other e-books as E-Pub 3.0 and Flipbooks in English, Hindi and Urdu.
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Shaala Siddhi is a comprehensive instrument for school evaluation, which enables the schools to evaluate their performance in a more focussed and strategic manner to facilitate them to make professional judgements for continuous improvement. The web portal of the framework will help all schools assess themselves; the results can be seen by all, enabling them to provide feedbacks. The initiative has already been successfully piloted in four districts of Tamil Nadu.
Saransh is a tool that allows schools to identify areas of improvement in students, teachers and curricula to facilitate and implement change. The platform has been available for classes 9th to 12th; it has been providing a comprehensive overview of the 10th standard performance since 2007 and 12th standard performance since 2009. Presently, results of CBSE are available on the portal as well as the app.
The event also showcased other ICT initiatives like the IVR (Interactive Voice Response) system to monitor daily implementation of the mid-day meal scheme and Shaala Darpan, an integrated platform to address all academic and administrative requirements of schools, teachers, parents and students.
Earlier, the minister appreciated the efforts put in by all the State education ministers in achieving 100% result in constructing separate toilets for boys and girls in schools during the past one year. This, she said, was the outcome of the appeal made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 August last year. The HRD minister also felicitated the State education ministers for their efforts in fulfilling the prime minister’s vision of having toilets in every government school under the “Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya” campaign.
The minister also elaborated upon the paradigm shift where the stakeholders were asked to participate in the use of mobile applications and find out the utility of these apps. Further, keeping in view the need to recognise the ICT initiatives, the HRD minister made a clarion call to every citizen to come forward and contribute towards technological innovation for the benefit of school education. She called upon the States to look into the issue of the nutritional value of mid-day meals and prepare their own menu for it, keeping in mind the local climate and conditions.
Minister of State for HRD Ram Shankar Katheria said that the prime minister’s new initiative of Digital India would go a long way in ameliorating the prevailing poor conditions of our villages. He said that concerted efforts of people across the country could find solutions to varied problems. He stressed upon the need of digitalisation in school education.