Smart classrooms are slowly and steadily becoming the norm for adjudging the progress of education in civil society.
While the more advanced and financially abled schools, especially those run by private players, may contain equipment such as Interactive white boards, digital podium, power podium and visual presenter, a simple smart classroom may still achieve good enough results through a computer with multimedia software and a projector.
In fact, the results are there for every one to see.
In Telangana, all 25 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV) have achieved 100 per cent pass percentage since going smart. This has induced the senior officials in the Education Department and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to proactively pursue the idea in all district.
The move had begun after Officials in Education department noted the under utilization of funds received from Centre under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA).
The entire initiative i.e. RMSA has been designed by the Government of India for the promotion of science by setting up of a laboratory and science.
In case of Telangana, the project took off with schools utilizing Rs 40,000 from the RMSA funds, to which District Collector T.K. Sreedevi and SSA, represented by Govindarajulu, pooled up Rs. 85,000 more, from their joint account. It includes the Crucial Balancing Fund Component , taking the total to Rs. 1.25 lakh per school to enable a Smart Classroom.
According to Mr. Govindarajulu, “This is a really-beneficial programme that can improve education standards by leaps and bounds.”
The state is poised to extend the successful program to other districts as well. Ms. Sreedevi, the district collector, commenting upon the success of Mahabub Nagar experiment noted that, “There are funds available and it is just a matter of motivating people in other agencies and departments.
This mode of instruction makes learning easier and experts have established that it leads to better appreciation of the lessons taught and for development of cognitive and communication skills of students who are otherwise good at writing but were shy when it came to language speaking skills,”
Not just limited to Telangana, the smart classroom movement has already spread to other states. Schools such as Cotton Hill Government Girls Higher Secondary School in the state of Kerala have already gone digital.
With the efforts by the government, civic bodies and other social institutions gaining momentum in establishment of these interactive classrooms, the entire idea may bore much more benefit than as has been observed from the nascent experiments in this field.
[With inputs from The Hindu]