National Conference on ICT in School Education – edNEXT was organized today in Plenary Hall at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani was the chief guest whereas MoS Shri Upendra Kushwaha and MoS Prof. Ram Shanker Katheria were the Guests of Honour at the conference. During the event Human Resource Development Minister launched smart apps for making education available to more people and on the go. The high-level conference was also attended by Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Shri Subhash Chand Khuntia, Additional Secretary and other senior officers of Ministry of HRD, State Education Ministers, Education Secretaries and teachers and students from various schools.
Smriti Irani praised the initiatives taken by all State Education ministers for strengthening the education system. She pointed out, “Use of ICT will strengthen school education system. Education Ministers of certain States are working to reduce burden of exams on students.” She also called upon the citizens of country to come forward and contribute towards technology innovation keeping school education in center. The HRD minister elaborated upon the paradigm shift where the stakeholders were asked to participate in the use of mobile apps tools and to further utilize these resources.
She further noted the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence day last year for Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidhyalaya Abhiyan under which separate toilets for boys and girls were proposed in schools. She also encouraged State ministers to look into the issue of nutritional value of mid-day meal and prepare their own menu for mid-day meal keeping in mind the local climate and conditions.
Prof. Ram Shankar Katheria said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new initiative of Digital India will go a long way in ameliorating the prevailing poor conditions of our villages and concerted efforts of people across the country can find solution to varied problems.”
As per the reports during the National Conference on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in School Education, ICT-based initiatives of the Ministry including e-Pathshala, a web mobile based application of teaching and learning material, innovative teaching practices along with assessment of learning for the use of students, teachers and others were launched. The digitized monitoring and evaluating mechanisms were also showcased during the event.
The IVR (Interactive Voice Response) system to monitor the daily implementation of Mid Day Meal scheme and Shala Darpan, an integrated platform to address all academic and administrative requirements of schools, teachers, parents and students were also demonstrated. During the conference, e-Pathshala, Saaransh, and National Programme on School Standards and Evaluation Framework (Shala Siddhi) were launched.