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Government launches 'Operation Digital Board' to boost quality education

Under the Operation Digital Board, 7 lakh classrooms of 9th, 10th and 11th standards and 2 lakh classrooms of colleges and Universities will be equipped with digital boards in the next three years.

Feb 21, 2019 11:34 IST
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The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar on February 20, 2019 launched the ‘Operation Digital Board’ to boost quality education in the country.

The Operation Digital Board is a revolutionary step which will make the learning as well as the teaching process interactive and will popularise flipped learning as a pedagogical approach.

Note: Flipped learning is an instructional strategy that reverses the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content often online, outside of the classroom.

An expert committee has worked out optimum configuration of the Digital Class Rooms under the Operation Digital Board.

Highlights of Operation Digital Board

Under the Operation Digital Board, 7 lakh classrooms of 9th, 10th and 11th standards and 2 lakh classrooms of colleges and Universities will be equipped with digital boards in the next three years.

The digital board will be introduced all over the country in government and government aided schools from class 9th onwards as well as in higher education institutions.

The operation aims to convert a class room into a digital class room and make available the e-resources at any time and at any place to students.

It will also help in providing personalised adaptive learning as well as Intelligent Tutoring by exploiting emerging technologies like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics.

The implementation will begin from the coming session of 2019 itself.

Implementation of ODB in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

  • The Operation Digital Board (ODB) will be implemented in the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by the University Grants Commission (UGC)
  • UGC recently passed a resolution for extending digital education to every classroom in the country by 2022.
  • It is estimated that are around 5 lakh classrooms in the institutions which are aided by Centre or State Governments. Out of this, UGC proposed to take up 300 universities and about 10,000 colleges in the first phase, covering 2 lakh classrooms.
  • For the 2 lakh class rooms, the cost is estimated at Rs. 2000 crores. The scheme can be implemented as a Central scheme as a loan from Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA).
  • For this purpose, UGC will put in place a Portal for all the public funded HEIs to log-in and opt for the scheme giving details of this facility.

Implementation of ODB in Schools

  • Digital or SMART board will be provided in all Government and Government – aided schools having Secondary and Sr. Secondary classes.
  • Nearly 1.5 lakh Secondary and Sr. Secondary schools will be covered under the scheme in collaboration with the State and UTs.

Background

Taking into account that the biggest challenge facing education sector in the country is maintaining acceptable quality standards, the Government is continuously making efforts to spread educational technology and connectivity to resolve this issue and being fairness in educational standards.  

Various initiatives such as e-Pathshala, DIKSHA, NROER, NPTEL, e-pathshala SWAYAM and SWAYAM-Prabha DTH Channels etc. have provided adequate content of high quality which can be taken to every classroom, and thereby facilitating blended learning and flip class learning.

These educational interventions can adequately raise the standards of teaching, irrespective of the location of the Schools and Colleges/Institutes.

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