Sunday, Jan 17 2021 | Time 06:21 Hrs(IST)
  • Biden to sign ‘roughly dozen’ executive actions on inauguration day
  • US Capitol police arrests armed man in downtown Washington
  • Biden's officials in talks with Iran on resuming US participation in nuclear deal
  • Married couple among 3 arrested for burglary in Thane
  • Covid-19: 185 new cases detected in Nashik
  • Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Qatar soon
  • Hooch tragedy: Jyotiraditya meets victims’ kin
  • Terminal, train station at Frankfurt Airport partially closed due to police operation
  • MP CM stands firm against sand mafia
  • MP CM urges masses to make Mahila Samman Abhiyan a success
  • MCOCA accused who jumped bail arrested after 3 yrs on run
  • Cycle track inaugurated
  • MP CM orders ramping up of ventures
  • Decision on 10th and 12th examinations to be announce soon: Gaikwad

V-P urges pvt sector to chip in with affordable technology to close digital gap

V-P urges pvt sector to chip in with affordable technology to close digital gap

New Delhi, Jun 30 (UNI) Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday called for the private sector to chip in and bridge the digital divide to achieve universal primary education and ensure equitable secondary and higher education.
Stating that technology opens up new possibilities but also makes one realise the big digital divide in society, he pointed out that there were many children who did not have access to digital devices. "We will have to address the issue of this wide gap," the Vice-President said while releasing the book, 'Future of Education-Nine Megatrends' virtually through a video-conference.
Many parents in India still could not afford digital devices, he said, adding that bridging the digital divide was too big and complex for the government alone to accomplish the task and urged the private sector, especially educational technology firms to contextualise the products at affordable prices as per the needs of learners. "This is your time to make a momentous contribution to nation building and to securing a bright future for all our children," he added.
To make technology accessible and affordable, the Vice-President observed that a large number of students were impacted due to the lockdown as they found it hard to study online. Many of them needed hand holding to shift from offline to online and require proper training to pursue education through online modes.
Quoting the Prime Minister, the Vice-President said in future "online should be main line, so that there is no need for any line." He appealed to all stakeholders to follow the PM’s three word mantra of 'Reform, Perform and Transform' to create a better future.
With educational institutions going digital in the context of the pandemic, Mr Naidu said students and teachers were connecting through cloud-based platforms to communicate, share work, and complete projects.
“Examinations are also being conducted online”, he added.
Noting that Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality will enter classrooms more rapidly, Mr Naidu said this would transform the way teachers teach and students learn.
Urging teachers to impart teaching in tune with the changing requirements, he said that students can access machines anytime from anywhere in the wake of online laboratories. "The teacher now plays the role of a facilitator, guide, counselor, coach and many a time that of a friend to the student," he added, an official release here said.
Observing that the huge demographic advantage was waiting to be converted into a demographic dividend, the Vice-President said, "We should not miss this opportunity. We should enhance access to knowledge and skills to all children so that each one of them realises his or her innate potential”.
Highlighting the importance of value-based education, he called for developing a model of education that reflects Indian culture and ethos. "We need to inculcate cultural, moral, ethical and spiritual values among children," he added.
The book has been brought out by ICT Academy, a non-profit society and an initiative of the Government of India and the state governments.
UNI SD SB 1211

More News


16 Jan 2021 | 8:13 PM

New Delhi:PM launches COVID vaccination drive, calls it 'proud day for India' (DI14)
:India offers Nepal HADR training, capacity building (DI16)
:SC Bar Association Election Committee resigns after panel decides to hold polls in hybrid manner (DI15)
Mumbai:Activist Saket Gokhale moves Bombay HC over lack of Covaxin data (BY11)
Lucknow:BJP announces 6 more candidates for UP legislative council polls (DR28)
Madurai:52 persons injured in “Alanganallur bull fight carnival” (MS37)
Washington:Trump unblocked on Facebook, Instagram (DF4)
Washington:Moscow:Iran fired long-range missiles in drills hitting targets over 1,000 miles away: Reports (FN12)
Galle:1st Test, Day 3: Sri Lanka 156/2 at stumps, trail England by 130 runs (SPD8)

see more..
RBI can consider idea of bad bank: Governor

RBI can consider idea of bad bank: Governor

16 Jan 2021 | 6:46 PM

New Delhi, Jan 16 (UNI) The Reserve Bank of India would consider the idea of a bad bank if there is any such proposal, Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Saturday.

see more..
20 ITBP personnel get first shot of Covid-19 vaccine

20 ITBP personnel get first shot of Covid-19 vaccine

16 Jan 2021 | 6:23 PM

New Delhi, Jan 16 (UNI) Twenty Indo Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) personnel on Saturday received first shot of covid-19 vaccine at Leh hospital.

see more..
Bhutan PM congratulates Modi for COVID-vaccine launch

Bhutan PM congratulates Modi for COVID-vaccine launch

16 Jan 2021 | 6:15 PM

New Delhi, Jan 16 (UNI) Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering on Saturday congratulated
Mr Narendra Modi and the people of India for the 'landmark launch' of the COVID-19 vaccination
saying he (Mr Modi) had displayed profound and compassionate leadership.

see more..

Toycathon 2021 to boost toy manufacturing

16 Jan 2021 | 6:12 PM

New Delhi, Jan 16 (UNI) To promote toy manufacturing among domestic players, particularly among rural entrepreneurs, the Common Service Centre (CSC), an SPV under the Ministry of Electronics and IT Ministry, has joined hands with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to organise 'Toycathon-2021'.

see more..