Pranab Mukherjee launching the SWAYAM, 32 SWAYAM Prabha DTH Channels and National Academic Depository, at the National Convention on Digital Initiatives, organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, in New Delhi on July 09, 2017
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, attended the launch of SWAYAM, 32 SWAYAM Prabha DTH Channels and National Academic Depository at the National Convention on Digital Initiatives organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India on Sunday (July 9, 2017) in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the spread of technology, telecom penetration and internet has offered an opportunity to quell the divide in terms of access and quality.
Digital technology enables good teachers to directly teach large number of students who are not physically present in classes. ICT solutions offer an interactive learning experience through which students in remote parts of the country can benefit from lectures of the top teachers, he said.
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The digital modes are cheaper, more easily accessible, interactive, and offer flexibility for people to learn at their own pace. We need to work together to ensure that they are widely adopted for teaching, Mukherjee suggested.
The President said that he was happy that the SWAYAM portal has become fully functional which enables one to take courses offered by the best teachers, remaining where they are.
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He said it is also a call to the teachers to use this material and improve their own teaching capacity. Ultimately, it should lead to better attainment levels in the students.
Among others present on the occasion were Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development and Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, another minister for Human Resource Development (Higher Education).
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