The impact of Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic is changing many things, including the way of school education. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday announced PM eVidya Program, multi-mode access of digital/ online education. PM eVidya programme is likely to be available by May 30. She emphasized the importance of technology-driven systems - online education during Coronavirus. Explore the highlights of FM Sitaraman press conference focusing on the education sector.
PM eVidya Programme
The programme is for multi-mode access to digital/ online education. PM eVidya to be launched soon. It consists of
- DIKSHA for school education in states/UTs - e-content and QR coded energized textbooks for all grades (one nation, one digital platform).
- One earmarked TV channel per class from 1 to 12 (one class, one channel)
- Extensive use of Radio, Community Radio and Podcasts
- Special e-content for visually and hearing impaired.
- Top 100 Universities will be permitted to start online courses by May 30, 2020.
FM Sitaraman Highlights
- Manodarpan - Initiative for psychological support of students, teachers and families for mental health and emotional wellbeing.
- New National Curriculum and Pedagogical framework for school, early childhood and teachers to be launched soon.
- SWAYAM PRABHA DTH channels to support and reach those who do not have access to the internet. 12 channels to be added
- Provisions made to telecast live interactive sessions on these channels with experts from home through Skype.
- Tied up with private DTH operators such as Airtel and Tata Sky to air educational video content to enhance the reach of these channels
- Coordination with states of India to share air time (4 hrs daily) on the SWAYAM PRABHA channels to telecast their education related content.
- DIKSHA platform has had 61 crore hits from March 24 till today.
- In e-Paathasaala, 200 new textbooks added.