The union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal’Nishank’ e-launched VidyaDaan 2.0 in the presence of minister of state for HRD Sanjay Dhotre through video conferencing. The programme has been launched due to the increasing requirement for e-learning content for students (both school and higher education) especially in the backdrop of the situation arising out of Covid-19 and also due to the urgent need to integrate digital education with schooling to augment learning.
The DIKSHA platform of MHRD has been operating since September 2017 with over 30 states/ UTs leveraging it for augmenting teaching and learning processes. With the unprecedented crisis due to the spread of the novel coronavirus having an impact upon school and higher education in many different ways, it is the right time and opportunity for all user states/ UTs to strengthen their e- learning content for school and higher education on DIKSHA and leverage its potential use by students and teachers of your states/UTs.
Realizing the scale and potential of DIKSHA, multiple institutions, organizations and individuals over the years have expressed their interest in contributing digital resources on DIKSHA. During DIKSHA review meetings by the government of India also the use of crowdsourcing tools to obtain high quality content under VidyaDaan from expert teachers/ individuals and organizations has been stressed upon.
Pokhriyal said, « VidyaDaan is conceptualised as a common national program for individuals and organisations across the country to donate/ contribute e-learning resources for both school and higher education to ensure continuity of quality learning. »
VidyaDaan has a content contribution tool that provides a structured interface for the contributors to register and contribute different types of content (such as, explanation videos, presentations, competency-based items, quizzes etc.), for any grade (from grade 1 to 12), for any subject as specified by the states/ UTs.
Contributions can be made by educationists, subject experts, schools, colleges, Universities, institutes, government and non-government organisations, individuals.
Pokhriyal explained that it will be a matter of pride and national recognition for all those whose contributions will be approved and accepted to be included in the DIKSHA e-learning content.
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