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Nov 27, 2020
4:55PM

Vice President calls for mass movement to promote digital literacy

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today called for a mass movement to promote digital literacy in the country. Virtually launching Adi Shankara Digital Academy at Kaladi in Kerala, the birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya, Mr Naidu said that information is the main commodity in the present-day knowledge society and whoever has quick access to information has the advantage. He called ‘digitalisation as the medium of access to such information. Drawing attention towards the unprecedented disruptions caused by Covid-19 pandemic, he said that it has forced millions of students out of classrooms due to closure of schools and the world community is trying to address this challenge by adopting online education.

Observing that even before COVID-19, the adoption of technology in education was gaining momentum, Mr Naidu said that the global EdTech sector is attracting billions of dollars of investments and offers a huge opportunity to not only learners but to education entrepreneurs as well.

The Vice President said, Online classes facilitate better teacher-student interaction through chat groups, video meetings, voting and document sharing, but it cannot replace the personal touch and warmth of a classroom.

Stressing the importance of face-to-face classes and schools, the Vice President said that school provides a socializing space to students and enables them to imbibe values and discipline.

Calling for putting in place an equitable digital ecosystem in the country, the Vice President said the Governments and private sector need to work on appropriate models for collective effort to enable a digital India which gives every citizen her or his due.

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