e-Balbharti to start soon, says Education minister

Prajakta Joshi
Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Pune: Education Minister Vinod Tawde at the Legislative Council session on Tuesday, announced that e-Balbharti, which will replace Balchitrawani, would start soon.

Balchitrawani or the Maharashtra State Institute of Education Technology that produces audio-visual content and learning aids for children, was shut down a couple of months ago as the content it generated was slated to be outdated. The institute was then replaced by e-Balbharti that would generate new-age digital content for the students.

Pune: Education Minister Vinod Tawde at the Legislative Council session on Tuesday, announced that e-Balbharti, which will replace Balchitrawani, would start soon.

Balchitrawani or the Maharashtra State Institute of Education Technology that produces audio-visual content and learning aids for children, was shut down a couple of months ago as the content it generated was slated to be outdated. The institute was then replaced by e-Balbharti that would generate new-age digital content for the students.

While the new textbooks of the revised syllabus of Std VII and IX have QR codes through which the students can find free images and videos associated with the syllabus, the students of other classes are still awaiting the facility.

Keshav Sathe, former Director of Balbharti said that while the facility of QR codes provided to the children is a good initiative, there is still a lot of scope for improvement for the same. “Balchitrawani was popular once because of its interactive nature. It’s not enough to just give all the visuals and videos to the students. They need to learn to associate the video that they are watching to what they read in the textbook. Only when the resource material becomes interactive, it will be beneficial to the students,” Sathe explained. 

Sunil Magar, Director of Balbharti and SCERT was not available to comment. However, in an earlier interaction, he had mentioned that while initially, e-Balbharti would be using the digital content available on the Internet as well as the one created by teachers for the m-Shiksha MITRA app, as an when it is required, Balbharti would appoint a team to generate any additional digital content needed at the time.

‘Teachers should take initiative’
† -Keshav Sathe, former Director of Balbharti  added that instead of leaving it to students to watch the videos and images on their own, the teachers need to take it upon themselves to use these aids in the classrooms.
“The teachers are the ones who could help the students understand the link between the digital content and the syllabus. However, in order to create a full-fledged relevant resource material, the concerned people would have to put in a great deal of time and efforts,” he said. 

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