Operation Digital Board launched by MHRD

MHRD launches Operation Digital Board to boost education quality. With the aim of leveraging technology to boost the quality of education in the country, Operation Digital Board launched by MHRD is expected to make teaching-learning practices more interactive besides catering to flipped learning in classrooms.

The digital board will be introduced in government and government-aided schools from class IX onwards as well as in the higher educational institutions. The process will start from the coming 2019 session. UGC, which will be implementing the digital board, plans to extend this technological intervention to every classroom in the country by 2022.

Based on their level of readiness, UGC has proposed to take up 300 universities and around 10,000 colleges, in the first phase of implementation covering 2 lakh classrooms. It will set up a portal for all the public-funded HEIs to log-in and opt for the scheme giving details of this facility. Total funding for the 2 lakh classrooms is estimated at Rs 2000 crores, which can be implemented as a Central scheme, and as a loan from HEFA.

Around 1.5 lakh secondary/senior secondary schools will be covered under the scheme in collaboration with the state and union territories.

“ODB aims at converting a classroom into a digital classroom and in addition to availability of e-resources at any time and at any place to students, it will also help in provisioning of personalised adaptive learning as well as Intelligent Tutoring by exploiting technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics,” said HRD minister Prakash Javadekar at the launch.

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