Odisha welcomes push on e-learning – The New Indian Express
BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government on Tuesday hailed the Centre’s push on supplementary teaching and digital education during the pandemic. He, however, clarified that this decision would not be successful without measures to improve the digital footprint in rural pockets. spoken languages will contribute to the expansion of digital learning. “As the state prepares for the Class X Board and Annual Plus II Exams this year after a two-year hiatus, these measures, if implemented in advance, will surely benefit the student community” , said Dash.
The minister, however, said that Odisha’s earlier requests to the Center for immediate improvement in digital footprint and network coverage in rural areas have not yet been heeded. “Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written several times to the central authorities in this regard. We hope the matter will be resolved without further delay to give a boost to online learning in the state,” he said. Out of 67 lakh students studying in Class I and XII, more than 40 lakh do not have adequate access to digital platforms especially internet and smart phones in the state. The authorities of the Department of Higher Education have stated that improving the digital footprint is essential for successful implementation of supplementary teaching and learning. The Center has planned a digital university to provide access to world-class education for Indian students.
The Deputy Chairman of the Odisha State Higher Education Council, Prof. Ashok Kumar Das, has called the move necessary to improve the education system in the country. However, he pointed out that only a limited number of students will be able to benefit from this decision if higher education institutions are not equipped with smart infrastructures and the digital network is not reinforced in rural areas. Odisha Abhibhabak Mahasangh, President Basudev Bhatt, on the other hand, called the budget disappointing. He said the 3% allocation to the education sector will not be enough to meet the targets of the new National Education Policy which has mandated a 13% budget for sector growth.