On Sunday (May 17) Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held sermonizing her fifth and last press conference with regards to the Rs 20 lakh crore ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ economic package. She concluded notably regarding these successive issues: MGNREGA, health, and education, business and COVID, ease of doing business, decriminalisation of Companies Act, public sector enterprises, and state government resources.
Besides all of that, the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has also announced what the government has decided to perpetrate in the education sector considering the coronavirus crisis.
The Union Finance Minister considering education foremost has announced: “SWAYAM Prabha direct-to-home (DTH) channels launched to support and reach those who do not have access to the internet; now, 12 channels to be added.”
“Internet cannot reach everyone. Therefore, the HRD ministry is exploring radio and television as well. One of the major initiatives is to start 12 DTH channels, each dedicated to one class from standard one to twelve. Appropriate content, in different languages, will be beamed to homes which own TVs. These channels will be free. The expertise of agencies like the NCERT and the CBSE may be used to develop content and run these channels,” Sitharaman said.
‘Swayam Prabha’ has been launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD), as an initiative to provide 32 high-quality education channels across nation 24×7 basis through DTH.
‘SWAYAM’ stands for ‘Study Webs of Active Learning for Young-Aspiring Minds.’ Every day, it has new content for four hours, which is able to be repeated five times daily, thus it is providing students a choice to study as per their comfort. The content is provided by educational bodies like IITs, IGNOU, NCERT, UCG, etc to the channel as for a good span the channel is uplinked from Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
The GISAT-15 satellite has been utilised for the telecasts by the programme.
From 24th March to till date DIKSHA platform has had 61 crore hits. There is an addition of 200 new textbooks to e-Paathshaala.
The Finance Minister also enlightened, “Extensive use of podcasts and radio. Special e-content for visually and hearing-impaired students. Top 100 universities will be allowed to start online courses by May 30,” while elaborating on technology-driven education with equity post-COVID-19.
She also mentioned a program for multi-mode access to digital education to be launched immediately known as PM eVidya.
An initiative for psychological support of students, teachers, and families for mental health and emotional well being to be launched immediately noted as Manodarpan.