Operation Digital Board to go online this July: Javadekar

Aimed at providing better digital education in all schools, the scheme will set up five lakh digital boards in schools across the country.

pune Updated: Jun 16, 2018 15:05 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Prakash Javadekar (extreme right), Union HRD minister, exploring the new building of Jai Hind high school, Pimpri, inaugurated on Friday.(HT PHOTO)

Operation Digital Board, aimed at providing better digital education in all schools, will be launched in July, this year, and five lakh digital boards will be set up in schools across the country, said Prakash Javadekar, Union minister for human resource and development (HRD) on Friday. He was in the city to inaugurate the new building of Jai Hind high school at Pimpri.

The school, built in 1949, is run by an all-woman trustee board. During the event, Javadekar praised the school for securing 100 per cent results in the SSC and HSC exams.

Javadekar stressed on the importance of sports in schools. “Children are not involved in outdoor games anymore, but are glued to videos games. Hence, to encourage children to play outdoor sports, the government will allot Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 grant for schools to buy sports equipment,” said the Union HRD minister.

He added, “Many of the government schools do not have libraries. The government has decided to give funds worth Rs 5,000 to smaller schools and Rs 25,000 to larger schools to build their own libraries.”

Speaking about the curriculum, Javadekar said, “The curriculum for even a Class 1 student is vast. This should be reduced, so that the child can imbibe value education. Education should have comprehensive knowledge, physical education, and should be enriched with experiential learning as well as analytical abilities. This can be done only by reducing the curriculum and giving more value to life-skill education.”

He was stressed on the importance of online education, especially Swayam where 1,032 courses are on offer. “It is important for all teachers to undergo online education training. It is not just for teachers, but also for every one – retired persons to students. Till date, Swayam has 22 lakh learners. I call it ATL- anytime learning,” Javadekar said.

Besides Swayam , Doordarshan also offers 32 education channels which teach several subjects that every student and parent can learn together.

Speaking about progress in the field of innovation, he said, “We lack in innovation and are doing reverse engineering. We are forgetting to use our brains, and to help innovate, we have started many things in higher education, like Atal tinkering lab.”

First Published: Jun 16, 2018 15:03 IST