In New Delhi on 17 May, Nirmala Sitharaman announced a number of initiatives for the promotion of education. Investing in human capital, he said, amounts to investing in the nation’s productivity and prosperity. The emerging pandemic has provided our educational system with new problems and opportunities.
The Minister stressed that the education sector took this opportunity to plan various interventions, particularly in the area of innovative curricula and pedagogy, the focus of energies on areas of gap, more inclusive technology at all stage and the integration of technology.
The Federal Minister of Finance also said the government is committed to ensuring equitable learning for all students to cover the entire landscape, including the most remote parts of the country, at all levels of education.
Union Development Minister for Human Resources “Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank” has expressed his appreciation for having prioritized the education sector. He also expressed thank for the initiative of the Minister of Finance for reforming the education system and encouraging the holistic growth of the country’s students.
Shri Pokhriyal said that “one country, one digital platform” and “one class one channel” would ensure that students from farther parts of the country receive quality education content. The policies will enhance educational access and equity and increase the aggregate registration ratio in future. He said that Divyang children are given due consideration and that the steps would contribute to a new paradigm in New India ‘s base.
The Minister of Union Finance has announced the following immediate number of initiatives:
1.The PM e-VIDYA initiative unites all initiatives in digital/online/on-air education. A systematic program will be launched. It enables multi-fashion access to education and includes Diksha (a national digital platform), which is now the digital network in the nation to provide the schools with high-quality e-content for all the states / UTs; TV (one television channel per grade), which gives access to high-quality educational material for classes 1 through 12.
2. CBSE Shiksha Vani podcast air via community radio and; and research material for a different kind built on the NIOS / Youtube Digitally Accessible Information System (DAISY) and sign language. Almost 25 crore school children will benefit from the world. It is crucial in this period of the global pandemic that we provide mental health and emotional well-being to students, teachers, and families. This support initiative Manodarpan is launched on a web site, a free helpline, the national directory of consultants, an interactive chat channel, and so on. This initiative would benefit all schoolchildren in the country, their parents, teachers, and the school education community.
3. Electronic education is being expanded by the government – through the liberalization of the regulatory framework for open, remote, and online education. The 100 highest universities are going to start courses online. In addition, from today’s 20 % to 40 percent, the online component of conventional universities and ODL programs. This will give almost 7 crore students in different colleges and universities better learning opportunities.
4. Critical thinking, imaginative, and communication skills must be promoted and the students must also learn joyously and experientially to concentrate on learning results. The curriculum must be focused on Indian culture and aligned with global demands on skills. Thus, a new national curriculum and pedagogical structure for school education, teacher learning, and early childhood have been created to train students and potential teachers according to global standards.
5. To ensure that every child of the country needs basic literacy and numeracy in 3rd grade by 202. Teacher capacity, strong curriculum, engaging learning content – both online and offline – learning results and assessment indices, appraisal strategies, learning to monitor will be introduced. This mission covers the study needs in the age group of three to 11 years of almost four crore children.