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Jun 30, 2020

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu calls for bridging digital divide to ensure equitable education

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called for bridging the digital divide to achieve universal primary education and ensure equitable secondary and higher education. Releasing a book titled Future of Education-Nine Megatrends through a video conference, he said technology opens up new possibilities but also makes us realize the big digital divide in our society.

Stressing the need to make technology accessible and affordable, the Vice President pointed out that there are many children who do not have access to digital devices and  there is a need to  address the issue of this wide gap.  Mr. Naidu said that a large number of students are  impacted due to the lockdown as they find it hard to study online.  He also said many of them need hand holding to shift from offline to online and require proper training to pursue education through online modes.

Stating that many parents in India still cannot afford digital devices, he said that bridging the digital divide is too big and complex a task for the government to accomplish alone. He urged the private sector, especially educational technology firms to contextualize the products at affordable prices as per the needs of learners.

The book was brought out by ICT Academy, a non-profit society and an initiative of the Government of India and the state governments.

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