India Education Round-Up | January 2023 | Andhra Pradesh Government gives free tabs with educational content to over 5 lakh students
To benefit our students’ community and other stakeholders, the following write-up attempts to bring striking happenings across Indian Education lately. This article serves as a primer for the news articles published in the print/digital media (sources for these news articles are linked below).
Education Ministry to launch India’s first Digital University in 2023
New Delhi: The National Digital University (NDU) of India was a part of the National Education Policy (NEP) drafted in 2020 and a part of the budget allocation in 2022. The Ministry of Education has plans to begin operations of the NDU in the next academic year 2023-24. It will offer diploma, certificate and degree courses.
According to media reports, students will have the option to earn up to 50 per cent credits from different higher education institutes (HEIs) associated with NDU and earn a degree from the university. Following NDU’s criteria, both Private and Government institutes will be allowed to offer their programmes through its portal.
Students can register for individual online courses to the affiliated HEIs through the NDU portal or they can opt to register with NDU and earn credits from various HEIs that will be collected in their Academic Bank of Credit (ABC).
Students will be taught a 'corrected' version of Indian history from Vasant Panchami: Shri Dharmendra Pradhan
Sasaram: Students across the country will be taught the "corrected" version of Indian history under the National Education Policy (NEP) from Vasant Panchami on January 26, Hon’ble Education Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said. "We must give a new global perspective to India's ancient culture and civilisation in the 21st century. Books are being re-published with new compositions. These books will give clarity to the world about India. These books will be available in digital modes also", he added.
Education Ministry calls for participation in the digital survey for National Curriculum Framework
New Delhi: The Ministry of Education has invited all the participants to take part in the Digital Survey for National Curriculum (DiSaNC), which is based on the recommendation of National Education Policy 2020, as per the official statement.
“The Digital Survey for National Curriculum aims to collect suggestions and feedback from the public at large. This will help in the formulation of National Curriculum Framework (NCF),” the MoE tweeted recently. The link to the survey is available on the official website of MoE.
“The Ministry of Education, Government of India and NCERT invite all the stakeholders - parents, teachers, educators, students, community etc. to join this massive and intensive public consultation process and contribute to the formulation of National Curriculum Frameworks (NCFs)”, the Ministry quoted. The survey is available in 23 languages. The last date to participate in the survey is March 31 2023.
Andhra Pradesh Government gives free tabs with educational content to over 5 lakh students
Bapatla: Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy formally launched a scheme to distribute free computer tabs loaded with Byju's content to over five lakh Class 8 students at Yadlapalli in Bapatla district recently. “Around Rs 686 crore was spent to distribute 5,18,740 tabs loaded with Byju's content free of cost to 4.59 lakh Class 8 students besides teachers, which can be used even in offline mode”, Chief Minster said.
Highlighting the salient features of the tab, the Chief Minister said besides Telugu, English and Hindi, the curriculum will be in eight languages designed based on the CBSE syllabus to prepare students to perform well at national-level competitive exams. Secure mobile device management software has been installed in the tab to secure data and also it will be able to track the students' activities, he said, adding that it would deny access to any undesirable material. According to the Chief Minister, the tabs will be distributed to Class VIII students every year to make subjects easily comprehensible.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister launches 'namma' school foundation scheme; donates Rs 5 lakh
Chennai: Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Shri M K Stalin launched the "Namma School Foundation" initiative recently to improve the infrastructure of State Government-run schools and donated Rs 5 lakh on his own for the purpose. The Chief Minister appealed to philanthropists to contribute to the development of the schools.
"Every rupee given for the noble cause will be spent for the development of the schools, teachers, and students. The funds will be judiciously used and in a transparent manner for the future of the children," the Chief Minister said. Mr Venu Srinivasan, chairman emeritus of TVS company, is the chairperson of the foundation. Chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand is its ambassador.
The foundation aims at bringing together communities and individuals who want to give back; corporates who wish to invest in and groom a new and aspiring generation to make Government Schools aspirational for all socio-economic classes thus delivering on the promise of equitable quality education.
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