Category: Education Technology

ICT Can Help Government Empower PwDs and Lead to their Inclusion - Says Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment

ICT Can Help Government Empower PwDs and Lead to their Inclusion – Says Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani, the Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla and other dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the UNESCO International Conference “From Exclusion to Empowerment: Role of ICTs for Persons with Disabilities”, in New Delhi on November 24, 2014.

The UNESCO’s International Conference “From Exclusion to Empowerment: Role of ICTs for Persons with Disabilities” was held here today. The inaugural session was addressed by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Human Resource Development and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

The following is the text of the speech by Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot at the Conference: “My Government is focusing on a seven point agenda relating to the disability sector. These include enactment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill to fulfil our international obligation post ratification of the UNCRPD; using technology to deliver low-cost, home-based education through e-learning; issue of Universal ID to each and every person with disability for availing government benefits; developing income generations models to ensure economic independence; ensuring access to public facilities, public buildings and transport; aid and support to voluntary organizations; and tax relief to the family members taking care of persons with disabilities.

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Find Out How Technology is Enhancing Quality of Education Delivery at VCCircle Education Investment Summit 2014: Registrations Open

Find Out How Technology is Enhancing Quality of Education Delivery at VCCircle Education Investment Summit 2014: Registrations Open

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The summit will bring together edupreneurs, investors and consultants looking for latest trends & next big opportunity in the K-12, higher education and training space.

Today the youth are compelled to pack their bags and scout for better quality education oversees. However, with the government opening doors for foreign universities to set up campuses & collaborate with established higher education institutes, will we see students shunning their plans to move elsewhere? Can we see resolution of issues such as shortage of faculty, deficient physical infrastructure, run-of-the-mill curriculums, ill-equipped libraries/knowledge banks and quality research happening soon? When can we see the culture of research & innovation going mainstream in the Indian higher educational institutes? What is the role of for-profit institutes and privately funded universities in bringing in quality & transparency? Is there more room left for private players to tap market opportunity in higher education institutes?

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Providing Connectivity to Colleges and Universities Through Campus Connect and NMEICT

The Ministry of Human Resource Development is planning a new programme called Campus Connect. Under these programme 21,000 colleges, 20 classrooms will be made Wi-Fi enabled. Totally, 4.2 lakh classrooms will be made Wi-Fi enabled and this will help around 1.5 crore students. Students will be given access only to those websites which are academically relevant.

All the buildings of 600 universities that have 1 Gbps bandwidth will be made by Wi-Fi enabled. This includes Government of India funded institutions, state government universities and also private universities. This will help around 20 lakh students. The whole campus of all the 140 centrally funded Institutions of Ministry of HRD will be made Wi-Fi enabled.

The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) aims to leverage the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning process. The Mission also aims to provide 20 Broadband connections of 512 Kbps speed to over 25,000 colleges and 2000 polytechnics and optical fiber connectivity one Gbps to 419 universities/ university level institutions in the country which includes internet facility.

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National Initiative for Innovation Centres in the Country

A new scheme on “National Initiative to establish 20 Design Innovation Centres, one Open Design School and National Design Innovation Network” has been launched during 2013-14.

There is proposal under consideration of the Government to formulate National Innovation Policy in education sector at present. Research and innovation have also been the focal points during XII Plan.

Further, Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), which seeks to support and reform the state higher education system, is providing funding for Research, Innovation and Quality Improvement. The states have to prepare a Research and Innovation Plan which would include facilities that

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New Initiatives in Education Under the Government of India National E-Governance Plan

Under the Government of India National E-Governance plan (NeGP), the Mission Mode Project of e Governance in School Education (MMP), Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to implement the Parents Related Services in phase -1 “Shaala Darpan” of the MMP in ICT enabled Government schools and Government-aided schools on a pilot mode in the State of Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

The Department of School Education & Literacy has launched a National Repository of Open Education Resources (NROER) (website www.nroer.gov.in) on 13/14 August, 2013. NROER is a collaborative platform that endeavours to bring together relevant and appropriate digital digitizable resources in multiple languages for the school system for all classes and subjects. The resources are available in the form of concept maps, video, multimedia, learning objects, audio clips, talking books, photographs, diagrams and charts, articles, wikipages and textbooks. NROER is going to be a part of National e-Library.

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New Central University for Himalayan Technology To Be Set Up In Uttarakhand Says HRD Minister Smriti Irani

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani has said that a new Central University for Himalayan Technology will soon be set up in Uttarakhand. The Institute will also have international faculty, the Minister said, while having an interactive session with state representatives at the Conference of State Secretaries of Higher and Technical Education in New Delhi today.

Smt. Smriti Irani expressed concern at the large number of Institutes and Universities mushrooming in various parts of the country with no standard facilities or full faculty. She asked the States to monitor such Institutes to ensure that they conform to the standards. The Minister also supported a strong "Know Your College" drive whereby it would be possible to get the details of Colleges on the website, which would help the students to make correct choices.

The Minister sought the help of states to create an enabling environment for education of children in backward areas, minorities, women, weaker sections and tribal zones. Special steps are being taken by the Ministry to meet needs of higher education of students from the North-east in the form of collaborative efforts with premier institutes of the country, she said.

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HRD Minister Dr. M M Pallam Raju Launches E-Content Courseware on Seven Undergraduate Subjects

HRD Minister Dr. M M Pallam Raju Launches E-Content Courseware on Seven Undergraduate Subjects

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju launches e-content courseware on seven undergraduate subjects, in New Delhi on January 28, 2014.

Union HRD Minister, Dr. M M Pallam Raju called upon the State Education Boards to take responsibility for improving the quality of education and related infrastructure in their areas. Launching e-content courseware on seven undergraduate subjects at Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) premises in New Delhi, he stressed that there is urgent need for improving quality and for upgradation of infrastructure for enhancement of educational system in India.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. H Devaraj, Vice Chairman, UGC laid emphasis on the new technology enabled delivery mechanism in education. "I have no doubt that that this is the beginning of an age of virtual world. Our education delivery mechanism should be ready to tackle the new situation that arises consequentially. The Consortium for Educational Communication has taken the lead to encrypt our education into a delivery mechanism that is future ready and it represents the future delivery mechanisms of education in India and worldwide," he shared.

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Innovation Hub at National Science Centre, Delhi Launched

Innovation Hub at National Science Centre, Delhi Launched

The Advisor to Prime Minister on Public Information, Infrastructure & Innovations and Chairman, National Innovation Council, Dr. Sam Pitroda at the inauguration of an ‘Innovation Hub’, at National Science Centre, in New Delhi on January 23, 2014.

The Union government has taken yet another step to promote innovation through science and technology by establishing innovation hubs across the country. Shri Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council & Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations inaugurated an 'Innovation Hub' at the National Science Centre, New Delhi today. It provides a unique opportunity for children of various age groups to work at the facility during the week-ends to develop their ideas on various aspects of Science & Technology. Membership is available for interested students for long-term hands-on and minds-on engagement in creative activities in science & technology. Over 40 students have already sought membership of the new facility and it will be functional from this weekend.

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