Unesco recognises india’s use of ict under pm evidya scheme in school education


the schooling models saw a paradigm shift during the unprecedented times of covid-19. the technological interventions aided in building crisis-resilient learning systems. recently, unesco recognized the use of information and communication technology (ict), under a comprehensive initiative called pm evidya by the department of school education, ministry of education.

the central institute of educational technology (ciet), a constituent unit of the national council of educational research and training (ncert) under the department of school education and literacy (dosel), ministry of education (moe), government of india, has been conferred the unesco’s king hamid bin isa al-khalifa prize, for the 2021 edition.

the education minister extended his wishes to ciet, ncert for winning the 2021 unesco king hamad bin isa al-khalifa prize and said, “learning recovery, greater access to equitable & affordable education is a priority for goi.”

about pm evidya

the spread of covid-19, which led to the nationwide lockdown, has also created a major impact on the education sector. with the schools shut down, the government reimagined the schooling models and the ways in which education can be imparted to students without interruptions. hence, pm e-vidya, a unique and comprehensive initiative was launched by the ministry of education in may 2020 which aimed at unifying all efforts to enable multi-mode access to education. under ‘atmanirbhar bharat abhiyan,’ the initiative’s objective is to benefit 25 crore school children with its comprehensive accessibility.

one of the major initiatives of pm evidya is 12 evidya tv channels based on the line – ‘one class-one channel’ for classes 1 to 12, airing educational content related to the respective classes. 12 evidya dth channels are especially useful for the learners of those remote areas where stable internet is not available. these channels telecast curriculum-based educational content developed by ncert and other agencies such as cbse, kvs, nios, rotary, etc.

tv channels under pm evidya program expanded

the pm evidya program will be expanded by the government under one class one tv program from 12 to 200 tv channels in order to impart supplementary teaching and build a resilient mechanism for education. the announcement for the same was made by the finance minister nirmala sitharaman while presenting the union budget 2022-23. she also emphasised the fact that due to the pandemic, the government has launched the pm vidya yojana in order to provide digital education. in addition, there will be 750 virtual labs and 75 skill labs in science and math.

models of pm evidya program
digital infrastructure for knowledge sharing-

this platform has been formally launched by the vice president of india on 5th september 2017. through this platform learning material that fits the need of the prescribed school curriculum is provided. this portal can be accessed in english and various other languages.

swayam portal-

this portal has been initiated in order to achieve three cardinal principles of education that are access, equity, and quality. through this portal best teaching-learning resources for all the students in available including the most disadvantaged. any student at any time can access this portal free of cost. till may 2020 about 90000 students have already enrolled on this portal. this portal provides video lectures, specially prepared reading material, self-assessment tests, and an online discussion forum for clearing doubt

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