Friday, December 3, 2021

Public participation is again becoming the national character of India: PM Modi

On the occasion of Shikshak Parv 2021, PM Narendra Modi launched 5 important initiatives for accessible education today. Addressing the gathering, PM Modi congratulated all the teachers who have received the National Award. He commended the contribution the teachers have made for the future of students in the country in difficult times.

He praised students, teachers and the entire academic community for rising up to the challenge of the pandemic and asked them to take forward the capabilities developed to deal with that difficult time. “If we are in the midst of a transformation period, fortunately, we also have a modern and futuristic new National Education Policy”, said PM.

The PM further lauded the contribution of all the academicians, experts, teachers, at every level of the formulation of the National Education Policy and urged everyone to take this participation to a new level by involving the society. These transformations in the education sector are not just policy-based but also participation-based, he added.

Initiatives launched:

1. Indian Sign Language Dictionary

The dictionary has been developed by the Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, M/o Social Justice & Empowerment.

The first edition of the dictionary with 3000 words was launched in March 2018. The second edition includes 6000 words under the categories of academic, legal, medical, technical and everyday terms. The 3rd Edition of the ISL Dictionary contains a total of 10,000 terms of everyday use.

The Dictionary has been made with the full involvement of the deaf community by ensuring that only deaf experts have provided the signs for the Dictionary. The Dictionary is also being used as a resource to develop educational content for children with disabilities and speech/text-to-sign and sign-to-speech/text machine translation software.

2.Talking Books – Audio Books for visually impaired students

NCERT has 377 textbooks in energized format and they are available as PDF, Flipbook and ePub. These books are available on the NCERT website, e Pathshala, Diksha Portal and Mobile Apps. To aid visually impaired children, the e-Pub version of all NCERT textbooks has been developed to support Text-To-Speech, enabling a visually challenged child to listen to NCERT textbooks by using any third party TTS App or Browser Extensions. Also, NCERT has developed 1,990 curriculum-based audio chapters of its textbooks.

3. School Quality Assurance and Assessment Framework of CBSE

School Quality Assessment and Assurance (SQAA) is a commitment by the Central Board of Secondary Education to provide global parameters of attainment as standards in schools affiliated to it. The CBSE aspires to lay down a set of standards and best practices as paradigms for attaining the benchmark in an individual institution for the upliftment of learning outcomes in the domain of school education imparted to children. Its main purpose is the enhancement of quality, recognition of excellence, promotion of accountability, and benchmarking schools across a range of descriptors or indicators of assessment.

4. NISHTHA teachers’ training programme for NIPUN Bharat

NISHTHA is a capacity building programme for improving the quality of school education through Integrated Teacher Training. It aims to build competencies among all teachers and school principals at the elementary stage.

 

5. Vidyanjali – A platform for education warriors

This programme has been envisaged to bring together people willing to volunteer their services at schools which really need them. The volunteers will act as mentors, confidantes and communicators with children. Through this mobile application, mentors can interact with institutions directly and can contribute to the institution’s activity with relevant knowledge and skill set. This would not only bring satisfaction to the volunteers but also make the students’ experience seamless.

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