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UNESCO recognises India’s use of ICT under PM eVIDYA scheme

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Recently, UNESCO recognized the use of information and communication technology (ICT), under a comprehensive initiative called PM eVIDYA by the department of school education, Ministry of Education. The schooling models saw a paradigm shift during the unprecedented times of Covid-19. The technological interventions aided in building crisis-resilient learning systems.

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The Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), a constituent unit of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) under the Department of School Education and Literacy (DOSEL), Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India, has been conferred the UNESCO’s King Hamid Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize, for the 2021 edition.

About PM eVIDYA:

The spread of Covid-19, which led to the nationwide lockdown, has also created a major impact on the education sector. With the schools shut down, the government reimagined the schooling models and the ways in which education can be imparted to students without interruptions. Hence, PM e-VIDYA, a unique and comprehensive initiative was launched by the Ministry of Education in May 2020 which aimed at unifying all efforts to enable multi-mode access to education. Under ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan,’ the initiative’s objective is to benefit 25 crore school children with its comprehensive accessibility.

One of the major initiatives of PM eVidya is 12 eVidya TV Channels based on the line – ‘One Class-One Channel’ for classes 1 to 12, airing educational content related to the respective classes. 12 eVidya DTH channels are especially useful for the learners of those remote areas where stable internet is not available. These channels telecast curriculum-based educational content developed by NCERT and other agencies such as CBSE, KVS, NIOS, Rotary, etc.

Models Of PM eVIDYA Program

  • Digital infrastructure for knowledge sharing
  • Swayam portal
  • Specially e-content for children with special needs

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