A Nanded-based education department official will soon be able to save time, energy and money; he will not have to travel all the way to Mumbai to meet senior officials and education minister Rajendra Darda for just a five-minute hearing.
Instead, he can now just log on to his computer and have an online interaction with them, courtesy a new system which facilitates video-conferencing, enabling real-time communication.
Hundreds of officials of the education department working across 448 locations across the state are now connected with each other through a virtual private network (VPN), which was inaugurated by the education minister on Tuesday.
This facility will soon be extended to students, who will be able to take up special classes with an expert faculty who will impart lessons from a single location.
“It took us four months to get this system operational. But now on, this will help us in saving several man-hours and increasing communication between people,” Darda said, while addressing education officials and students from eight different centres, including Nanded, Gadchiroli, Aurangabad, Ratnagiri and Pune, from his office in Mumbai.
Through the VPN system, the government hopes to carry out training programmes for its teachers, besides solving problems and holding a fruitful discussion between them.
“This system is still in its nascent stage. We are trying to talk to companies, who are into e-learning and see if we can integrate the systems for better education dissemination,” he said.
Darda hopes to use this system to not only reach every officials, but also teacher and students to be able to get a better understanding of the problems in the system.
“We sit here in office and decide policies. But we did not have a system that can help us check how much of it actually reaches the end user. Today, I got to know that green boards and water purifiers have reached schools in Gadchiroli,” he said.