The incumbent government had, when it came to power, promised to revolutionize the telecommunication sector of the country. The then Telecommunication minister, Ravishankar Prasad had gone so far as to have promised a revolution in the internet segment of the nation.
The impetus shown by the government at both center and various states suggests that the idea of digital India is sprouting on a positive trajectory.
After the success stories, such as those of 25 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas in Telangana which showed a marked improvement in performance since the introduction of smart classrooms and those in Kerala and MP, it seems that the national capital too is keen to reap benefits from the new fangled technologies.
Under the tutelage of Centre’s Digital India initiative, 30 New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) schools will impart education through ‘Smart Classes.’ A smart classroom may contain anything from equipment such as Interactive white boards, digital podium, power podium and visual presenter to simple rooms with a computer embedded with multimedia software and a projector.
NDMC has chosen Extramarks, a digital learning solution provider to undertake the work of supplying, installing, commissioning and functioning of hardware and uploading of educational digital content. This was revealed by the officials on Wednesday.
In the first phase, the digitization of class rooms would be carried out in over 440 classrooms of the 30 schools and later extended to other schools as well, the same report revealed. said.
The content will be provided in both Hindi and English medium sections from classes VI to XII. Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Rao Inderjit Singh, along with NDMC Chairperson Naresh Kumar, inaugurated NP Co-ed Secondary School at Kidwai Nagar on Wednesday, among the first of the schools to go the digital way.
Commenting upon the collaboration, Atul Kulshrestha CMD, Extramarks Education, said, “We are very excited to partner with NDMC for transforming 444 classes with our successful ‘Extramarks Smart Class’ concept. This will change the traditional learning and teaching methods in all the government schools. This technology will make platform much easier and interactive for children.”
The up-gradation towards smart classrooms has picked up pace in recent years with states such as Telangana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and others readily pursuing the course towards digitization.
This is positive step as smart classrooms were considered to be a private players domain due to the budget involved. Thus the recent efforts of the government is bound to give a thrust to this endeavor.