NEP 2020: Now online education will also be available from open school- Dharmendra Pradhan

The Central Government has launched the Virtual Open Schooling Platform on Tuesday under the new National Education Policy. This online platform, which is being operated under the aegis of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), will benefit those children who are unable to go to school due to various reasons. Along with this, an e-comic booklet named Priya Sugamyata has been launched for children with disabilities facing natural challenges, which will teach the lesson of accessibility in a simple, engaging and interactive manner.

In a virtual program organized by the Department of School Education, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Virendra Kumar launched four initiatives along with a booklet on the achievements of the last one year of the new National Education Policy. These include availability of all material related to Nipun Bharat basic literacy and numeracy on the DIKSHA portal and also the Alternative Academic Calendar of NCERT.

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that education is not arithmetic or a system of obtaining degrees. It aims at nation building through character building. He said that even today there are about 17 crore children in the country who are not able to get school education in the traditional way due to many reasons including social, economic. The Department of School Education has come up with a new platform for such children. Its name is Virtual School. Now all the children will be able to get education from this system. The Education Minister said that when these children can withdraw money from ATMs, fill pre-paid vouchers on mobiles, make various types of digital payments, then they can also get education through open virtual medium. Pradhan dedicated this effort of the Ministry of Education on behalf of the Prime Minister to those underprivileged students who have been left behind under the pressure of social challenges.


Apart from this, taking another important step, the Ministry of Education also released an e-comic booklet ‘Priya Sugamyata’, an e-comic book explaining accessibility through interactive activities for children with disabilities. Releasing this, Pradhan said that a large number of children, about six per cent of the population, have some or the other natural challenges. But now the government and society together have accepted this challenge. We have come up with a booklet in the form of Sarkar E-Comic for such handicapped children, children who have no vision, speech or hearing power. This booklet named Priya Sugamyata is the biggest achievement of today. By this everyone’s development will happen, everyone’s faith will increase. Shri Pradhan said that this is the policy of our government, our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Virendra Kumar, who was present on the occasion, said that the Ministry of Education, in relation to the inclusion of accessibility related material in the school curriculum, as well as to develop inclusive pedagogy for children with special needs, related to the accessibility related content for the education sector. also preparing. The Government of India has understood the seriousness of this subject from the very beginning, so the way was paved for making this academic booklet titled Priya Accessibility. Given that the road to accessibility is difficult, and complicated, the emphasis has been on making this e-comic book interactive.

Priya Accessibility is an effort to learn about big and important things in simple, small and interesting ways. The basics of accessibility like using wheel chair at different places, using ramp etc. are explained in easy format in this e-comic. To ensure complete accessibility, it has been provided with accessibility features like text to speech, font size, sign language etc. so that a person can read it but also listen. This e-comic book can also be accessed by QR code. Each scene in this booklet is also explained through audio description.

The Education Minister said that every government makes policy. But the most important thing is to make it a reality on the ground. That is, its full implementation. That is the biggest challenge. After accepting the new National Education Policy, our government has kept it in the form of a document, what steps have been taken to implement it in the last one year. Launching the Nipun Bharat Mission, the Ministry has made available the necessary material for Nipun Bharat basic literacy and numeracy for children from class I to III on the Sarkar Na Diksha portal. A draft of what the government is going to do in that direction to strengthen the basic literacy of these children and inculcate this quality in teachers, has been put in public by the Ministry of Education. It is our endeavor that in the coming two years internet should reach every school in the country. For this we are in talks with the Ministry of IT and Communications. Hot spots should be set up in the village so that the school has internet access. All this arrangement will be done then only digitization will be complete.


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