CCEA approves ICT scheme for personalised knowledge to students

January 2nd, 2009 - 5:32 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval for a new centrally sponsored scheme called National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) submitted by the Ministry of HRD.
An amount of Rs.4612 crore is to be incurred during the 11th Five Year Plan for the National Mission on Education through ICT. There is a budget provision of Rs.502 crore during the current financial year 2008-09.
It has been envisaged as a centrally sponsored scheme to leverage the potential of ICT, in providing high quality personalized and interactive knowledge modules over the Internet for all the learners in Higher Education Institutions in any time anywhere mode.
This is expected to be a major intervention in enhancing the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Higher Education by five percentage points during the XI Five year Plan period and in ensuring access and equity in Higher Education, as also recommended by the Oversight Committee and the National Knowledge Commission.
The Mission has two major components content generation and connectivity along with provision for access devices for institutions and learners.
It plans to focus on appropriate pedagogy for e-learning, providing facility of performing experiments through virtual laboratories, on-line testing and certification, on-line availability of teachers to guide and mentor learners, utilization of available Education Satellite (EduSAT) and Direct to Home (DTH) platform, training and empowerment of teachers to effectively use the new method of teaching learning.
The mission will ensure that there is no duplication with National Knowledge Network. It will also cater to contents for higher education sector. National Programme of Technology enhanced Learning (NPTEL) Phase II and III will be part of the generation activity.
The mission would have a three tier committee system to monitor and guide its functioning. (ANI)

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