Innovative steps needed to raise standard of education: Anil Swarup

May 06, 2018 05:09 PM

Punjab News Express/Y.S. Rana
CHANDIGARH: Innovative initiates to be taken by the States to raise the standards of education, said  Mr Anil Swarup, Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Ministry of HRD, New Delhi while addressing the two-day Northern Region Review workshop which was concluded here at Mount View Hotel on Saturday with a positive note.

Swarup was addressing a galaxy of senior officials from Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Rajasthan and Chandigarh, who were present at the workshop. He also talked about the importance of NGOs in bringing about a change in education system. He also gave brief snippets on the commendable work being done by the NGOs in certain States.

He called on CSR agencies to invest more in education. “Working of CSRs and NGOs in tandem can bring qualitative results in education system,” believes Mr Swarup.

B.L. Sharma, Secretary, Education, Chandigarh Administration welcomed the delegates and said that the education system today was not the same as it was a decade ago and probably would not be the same in future. The system has seen big transformation making it more inclusive, technology driven and improvement in quality that enabled it to meet the needs of nation and humanity at large, said Mr Sharma and added that workshops like this would act as a catalyst in the further transformation in education system.

Main aim of the workshop was Integrated Scheme of School Education (ISSE) or the ‘Samgra Shiksha Abhiyan’ an integration of SSA, RMSA and Teacher Education. The delegates also shared the best practices adopted by Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan through ‘Diksha Portal’ for knowledge sharing. These states brought specially designed textbooks with QR codes which can be scanned to have in indepth knowledge through internet.

About 200 million books have already been digitized in five States with QR codes. The portal can improve teaching in classroom, building digital infrastructure and strengthening learning techniques. Safety guidelines for schools and sports facilities were also discussed in details.

Around 30 NGOs working in different fields of education in their respective states have also attended the workshop. Besides a team of officers from Ministry of HRD, Principal Secretaries and secretaries of participating States and UTs, state project directors, SCERT directors, professors from NCERT, consultants and faculty of SCERTs were also present in the workshop.

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