09 July, New Delhi
President Pranab Mukherjee said the spread of technology, telecom penetration and internet has offered an opportunity to quell the divide between access and quality of education. He was speaking at the launch of SWAYAM, 32 SWAYAM Prabha DTH Channels and National Academic Depository in New Delhi Sunday.
The aim of these initiatives is to raise the Gross Enrollment Ratio in the higher education from 24.5 to 30 by 2020. Mukherjee said digital technology enables good teachers to directly teach large number of students who are not physically present in classes. He said students in remote parts of the country can benefit from lectures of the top teachers. He added that the digital modes are cheaper, easily accessible, interactive, and offer flexibility for people to learn at their own pace. Our correspondent has filed this report
SWAYAM portal enables one to take courses offered by the best teachers remaining where they are. Swayam will host courses taught in classrooms from Class IX to post-graduation. Swayam Prabha is the platform of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting high-quality educational programmes round the clock using GSAT-15 satellite.
National Academic Depository would help in easy authentication of the credentials issued by the institutions. This would also help in increasing transparency and ease of operation. All the courses are interactive and available free of cost. These courses have been developed by over 1,000 expert faculty members from premier institutions like IITs, Delhi University and JNU.