Civic panel rejects PMC chief’s plan

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 20 July 2017

In order to impart quality education to the children studying in these schools, Kumar had tabled the proposal before the Standing Committee, in which he proposed the e-learning methods, along with adaptive learning management system.

PUNE: The Standing Committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has snubbed Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar by rejecting his proposal to introduce virtual classrooms and e-learning methods in PMC-run schools. Instead, the committee has decided to go for a similar methodology with much less cost, invented by an IT teacher, Sandeep Gund.

In order to impart quality education to the children studying in these schools, Kumar had tabled the proposal before the Standing Committee, in which he proposed the e-learning methods, along with adaptive learning management system. The total cost of the project is Rs 24 crore. At the initial stage, the PMC decided to implement the new system in 287 PMC schools, where around one lakh students are taking lessons.

The new methodology of learning included virtual classrooms, e-learning or digital classrooms system, adaptive learning management system etc. However, the corporators came to know about a system developed by Sandeep Gund, working in the State government’s District Institute of Education Training (DIET) located in Loni Kalbhor. Gund assured that the PMC can implement the same project as proposed by Kumar in just Rs 4 crore.

Speaking to the media after the Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday, its Chairman Muralidhar Mohol said the members decided to go for the project developed by Gund, instead of Kumar’s. “If the PMC gets the same results by spending less money, then why should we spend exorbitant fees?,” asked Mohol.

Under the proposal put forth by Kumar, the PMC would initially spend Rs 8.21 crore for setting up the new system in the schools located in Koregaon Park, Ghorpadi, Hadapsar, Navi Peth, Parvati.
So far, the e-learning facility has been introduced in a couple of schools, where it has yielded good results. Now, the PMC has decided to introduce e-learning in all its schools with an upgraded version. The Standing Committee will take a decision in this regard on Tuesday.

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