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Kalam launches virtual campus

Sakshat is a ?one-stop education portal? for addressing all the learning-related needs of students.
None | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2006 02:40 PM IST

A pilot scheme to boost education through a ‘one-stop education portal’ for addressing all the learning-related needs of students, was launched by President A P J Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on Monday.

Sakshat, a portal that promises to provide one-stop solution to educational requirements, is a key initiative of the Human Resource Development Ministry. Kalam saw the internet revolution as “a powerful tool for good educational initiatives in the rural areas.”

Observing that nearly 10 million youth were injected into the employment market every year, Kalam said the country also needed large number of talented youth with education for the task of knowledge acquisition, knowledge imparting, knowledge creation and knowledge sharing in the 21st century.

“A national policy for creating a global human development cadre for India has to emerge,” he said at the launch of the initiative. Among others present at the launch ceremony were HRD Minister Arjun Singh.

Sakshat programme should think of extending the system for providing world class vocational skills to youth for making them internationally competitive, Kalam told the gathering of academics and students.

“We have to start right now to realise this goal since the overall time available for such an educational growth is short,” he added.

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