Fri Jul 08 2022

✅PM e-VIDYA 🔹 In News ♦️The Ministry of Education’s initiative to use ICT under the "PM eVidya" scheme during the Covid pandemic has recently won UNESCO's recognition. ✅About the News ♦️UNESCO’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize is an award that recognizes innovative approachesin leveraging new technologies to expand educational and lifelong learning opportunities for all, in line with the UNSDG goal 4 on Education. ♦️The Prize rewards individuals and organizations that implement outstanding projects and promote the creative use of technologies to enhance learning, teaching and overall educational performance in the digital age. 🔹What is PM eVIDYA? ♦️The PM eVidya scheme is an initiative of the Ministry of Education that was launched in 2020. ♦️The scheme was launched under the One Nation One Digital Platform with the objective of protecting the education of children during the Covid-19 pandemic.  ♦️It unifies all efforts related to digital/online/on-air educationto enable multi-mode access for imparting education by using technology to minimise learning losses. ♦️Therefore, in 2020, the top 100 universities were permitted to automatically start online courses via the PM eVidya scheme. 🔹It will consist of: - ♦️DIKSHA for school education in all the states/UTs ♦️One designated TV channel per class from class 1st to 12th ♦️Use of Radio, podcasts, and Community Radio ♦️Special e-content for visually and hearing impaired. ♦️Top 100 universities were allowed to conduct their online classes. ♦️Benefits of the scheme: Some of the major benefits of the scheme are – ♦️Easy to access online classes. ♦️Students can attend their classes at the comfort of their homes and staying safe during the pandemic. ♦️A one-stop destination for education. ♦️Various e-learning contents were provided. ♦️QR-coded energized books were published for all the classes. ♦️Special arrangements for visually impaired and hearing-impaired students. ♦️The students who do not have the access to internet facility can attend their classes via a DTH channel dedicated solely for educational purposes. ✅Implementation of the scheme:- ♦️For the successful implementation of the scheme, the government launched an online PM e VIDYA portal called Swayam Prabha, which is a group of34 DTH channels.  ♦️These channels telecast education-related programmes every day. ♦️Another portal known as DIKSHAwas designed for school level education which provided study material for each class according to the school curriculum. ♦️Besides these, several radio programmes, podcasts and community radio sessions were organized.