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Digital learning one of NDA govt’s priorities

Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times   New Delhi, August 16, 2014
First Published: 00:31 IST(16/8/2014) | Last Updated: 01:03 IST(16/8/2014)

Keeping in mind global trends, the government will emphasise on digitalisation of education. PM Narendra Modi also emphasised on a digital India in his Independence Day speech on Friday.

Some of the programmes in this direction are Campus Connect, national digital library (NDL), India MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) platform and national repository of open education resources.

Under the Campus Connect programme, 21,000 colleges and 20 classrooms will get Wi-Fi connectivity. The country’s 600 universities with one gigabit per second (gbps) bandwidth and the 140 institutions under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) will also get the facility. This will help around 20 lakh students across India. The government will also launch a national digital library (NDL). For this, IIT Khargapur is working on a roadmap and a proposal has been prepared. Prof Partha Pratim Das, department of computer and engineering, IIT Kharagpur, told HT: “We aim to create a 24x7 NDL for e-learning. We also plan to initiate a movement for integrated digital learning across India.”

Free-of-cost courses will be provided through the India MOOCs platform.

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