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Measures Announced for Education under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan?

A comprehensive initiative called PM e-VIDYA will be launched which unifies all efforts related to digital/online/on-air education.

This will enable multi-mode access to education and includes:

  • DIKSHA (one nation-one digital platform) which will now become the nation‘s digital infrastructure for providing quality e-content in school education for all the states/UTs;
  • TV (one class-one channel) where one dedicated channel per grade for each of the classes 1 to 12 will provide access to quality educational material;
  • SWAYAM online courses in MOOCS format for school and higher education;
  • IITPAL for IITJEE/NEET preparation;
  • Air through Community radio and CBSE Shiksha Vani podcast;
  • The study material for the differently-abled developed on Digitally Accessible Information System (DAISY) and in sign language on NIOS website/ YouTube.

This will benefit nearly 25 crore school-going children across the country.

  • The Manodarpan initiative is being launched to provide such support through a website, a toll-free helpline, national directory of counselors, interactive chat platform, etc.
  • This initiative will benefit all school-going children in the country, along with their parents, teachers, and the community of stakeholders in school education.
  • The government is expanding e-learning in higher education by liberalizing open, distance, and online education regulatory framework.
  • Top 100 universities will start online courses.
  • Also, an online component in conventional Universities and ODL programs will also be raised from the present 20% to 40%.
  • This will provide enhanced learning opportunities to nearly 7 crore students across different colleges and Universities.
  • There is a need to promote critical thinking, creative and communication skills, along with experiential and joyful learning for the students focussing on learning outcomes.
  • The curriculum must be rooted in the Indian ethos and integrated with global skill requirements.
  • Therefore, it has been decided to prepare a new National Curriculum and Pedagogical Framework for school education, teacher education, and early childhood stage to prepare students and future teachers as per global benchmarks.
  • A National Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission will be launched, for ensuring that every child in the country necessarily attains foundational literacy and numeracy in Grade 3 by 202 For this, teacher capacity building, a robust curricular framework, engaging learning material – both online and offline, learning outcomes and their measurement indices, assessment techniques, tracking of learning progress, etc. will be designed to take it forward in a systematic fashion.
  • This mission will cover the learning needs of nearly 4 crore children in the age group of 3 to 11 years.

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