A Technology Development and Pilot Roll Out Plan for Rural Zones of India

Funded by MHRD, Govt. of India



For India to emerge as a knowledge super power of the world in the shortest possible time it is imperative to convert our demographic advantage into knowledge powerhouse by nurturing and honing our working population into knowledge or knowledge enabled working population. Human Resource Development would certainly be the key for it to happen.

Need for National Mission on Education through ICT

Fortunately, the ICT as a tool in education is available to us at this juncture and we wish to fully utilize it to enhance the current enrollment rate in Higher Education from 10% at present to 15 % by the end of the 11th Plan period. A budget allocation of Rs. 502 crores has been made in 2008-09 for the National Mission on Education through ICT. It is a momentous opportunity for all the teachers and experts in the country to pool their collective wisdom for the benefit of every Indian learner and, thereby, reducing the digital divide. Under this Mission, a proper balance between content generation, research in critical areas relating to imparting of education and connectivity for integrating our knowledge with the advancements in other countries is to be attempted. For this, what is needed is a critical mass of experts in every field working in a networked manner with dedication. Although disjointed efforts have been going on in this area by various institutions / organizations and isolated success stories are also available, a holistic approach is the need of the hour. This Mission seeks to support such initiatives and build upon the synergies between various efforts by adopting a holistic approach.

It is obvious that emphasis on ICT is a crying need as it acts as a multiplier for capacity building efforts of educational institutions without compromising the quality.

The Mission is also necessary to sustain a high growth rate of our economy through the capacity building and knowledge empowerment of the people and for promoting new, upcoming multi-disciplinary fields of knowledge.

Cardinal philosophy of the Mission :

There are three guiding philosophies for this effort –

[a] No talent of the country should be allowed to go waste.

[b] All the services available through the content delivery portal Sakshat should be free.

[c] Freely available material on the web should be used so as to avoid reinventing the wheel.

Objectives of the Mission

The content portion of this Mission would have an ambitious vision of catering to the learning needs of more than 50 crore Indians (working population) and of providing a one stop solution to all the requirements of the learning community

In order to bolster our knowledge resources, to obtain and maintain the competitive edge in the world, we require a system of identification and nurturing of talent and lifelong learning. Knowledge modules based on the personalized needs of the learner would need to be delivered to him /her at the right time with the right content interactively to take care of his / her aspirations. In due course of time there would be a need to develop and maintain the knowledge and capability profile of every individual learner / worker. Such a system would have to be developed in a cost effective manner over a period of time, integrating, inter-alia the following objectives:

1.Effective utilization of intellectual resources, minimizing wastage of time in scouting for opportunities or desired items of knowledge appropriate to the requirement,

2. Certification of attainments of any kind at any level acquired through formal or non formal means in conventional or non conventional fields,

3. Any-time availability of desired knowledge at appropriate levels of comprehension to all for self paced learning,

4. Platform for sharing of ideas and techniques and pooling of knowledge resources.

5.Systematically building a huge database of the capabilities of every individual human resource over a period of time

6.Scholarship / Talent management including identification, nurturing and disbursement electronically.

7. Nurturing of scholars and learners.

8. Support to all the learners / workers for any of their perceived learning needs,

9.Extensive leveraging of the advancements in the field of ICT for taking the knowledge resources to the door steps of the learner,

10. Capability to handle the user base which would ultimately be expected to cross 50 crore in the long term.

11. Use e-learning as an effort multiplier for providing access, quality and equality in the sphere of providing education to every learner in the country.

12. Provide for Connectivity & access devices, content generation, personalization & mentoring, testing & certification and encouragement of talent.

13. Bringing efforts of different interested agencies working in the field of e-learning under one umbrella and establishing logical linkages between various activities.

14. Capacity building in this sphere and utilizing dormant capacities of various organizations. Creating infrastructural facilities for long term utilization and making sustained efforts for content generation & connectivity including access devices production.

15. Encouraging research in spheres covered by Mission activities. Creating a large number of networks of experts in various fields to carry forward the gigantic vision under this Mission.

16. Providing e-books & e-journals, utilizing the repository of contents generated so far and the automation of evaluation processes. Creating a high impact brand for e-Journals in leading disciplines with a provision for good incentive-based payment to the researchers publishing their high quality papers in these e- Journals..............................................................................................................Read More