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How have digital initiatives in India contributed to the functioning of the education system in the country? Elaborate your answer. (Answer in 250 words)

Question:-How have digital initiatives in India contributed to the functioning of the education system in the country? Elaborate your answer. (Answer in 250 words)

Entries may be sent to [email protected] latest by 10/01/2023 in English/Hindi/ and should be of 200 to 250 words. Entrants must clearly mention their Name, and State,District

Ans. Education system over a period of time has gone through many changes. The latest has been the role of Information and Communication Technology. The government has started various initiatives to promote digital education in India. E.g. SWAYAM, SWAYAM Prabha, SARANSH etc. 

Contribution of Digital Initiative to the Education

  •   SWAYAM The 'Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds' (SWAYAM) is an integrated platform for offering online courses and covering school to postgraduate level. It will contribute towards enhancing higher education prospects in India. It has promoted access, equity and quality. 
  • SWAYAM Prabha SWAYAM Prabha is an initiative to provide high quality educational channels through DTH (Direct to Home) across the length and breadth of the country on 24X7 basis. These channels provide Curriculum-based course contents at post-graduate and under-graduate level. It has helped in covering diverse disciplines such as arts, science, commerce, performing arts, social sciences and humanities, engineering, technology, law, medicine, agriculture, etc. 
  • National Digital Library (NDL) It is a project to develop a framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility. It has enabled people to learn and prepare from best practices from all over the world and to facilitate researchers to perform inter-linked exploration from multiple sources. 
  •  E-Yantra It is a project for enabling effective education across engineering colleges in India on embedded systems and Robotics. As India seeks to contribute to the Fourth industrial revolution, based upon automation of traditional manufacturing processes, robotics and embedded systems will greatly enhance India's capabilities in the field of automation.
  •  SARANSH It is a digital learning initiative by CBSE. It is a tool for comprehensive self-review and analysis for CBSE affiliated schools and parents. It seeks to enhance the quality of secondary education in the country by improving communication between schools and parents. 
  •  ePathshala It is developed by NCERT for showcasing and disseminating all educational e-resources through website and mobile app. It also eeks to improve the quality of school learning by disseminating new educational techniques and promoting new ideas among the teaching community.
 Challenges of Digital Education 

  •  Resource and Internet Connectivity One of the main challenges for digital education in India is poor internet connectivity in rural areas and some part of urban areas. 
  •  Shortage of Trained Teachers A major obstacle in the use of digital education in rural areas is the lack of trained teachers to use digital technologies. Language and Content Different languages are spoken all across the country. Digitising the content in regional languages sometimes becomes a difficult task for the agencies. 
  •  Maintenance and Upgradation In rural areas due to budgetary constraints the maintenance and upgradation of digital equipment is one of the major challenges. 
The education sector is witnessing a paradigm shift from a one-size-fits-all factory approach, to a much more agile and tailored form of learning. Innovations like e-books, e-content, e-learning technologies have introduced a plethora of developments in the existing teaching methodologies. Development of education infrastructure is required for the development of digital education across the country.

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