PUNE: “In Maharashtra, it was the primary teachers posted in remote, rural areas, who initiated the e-learning revolution. Like many other good things in our country, even this digital revolution happened despite government participation. A project becomes successful only when the society participates in it,” said Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development.
He was speaking at a special event organised by Rotary District 3131 where Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM) entered into a MoU with the Government of Maharashtra for implementing a special project titled e-Siksha, on Friday, at Dr Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture for Women. “Education is not only the government’s responsibility, but citizens should also equally participate. And if this happens, the outcome comes out to be fruitful. In 60s, there was a slogan - Operation Blackboard. But moving forward, today we need a ‘digital board in each classroom’. As the government has cheapened the prices of LED lights, similarly we will cheapen the price of digital boards too,” Javadekar said.
Nand Kumar, Principal Secretary for School Education and Sports, Abhay Gadgil, District Governor, Rotary District 3131, Shekhar Mehta, Chairman, RILM, Kalyan Banerjee, past president, Rotary International, Sudin Apte, President, Rotary Pune Pristine Club and other Rotarians were present on the occasion. RILM with e-Siksha is planning to implement digital learning programme for installing 37,000 E-Learning facilities in 18,500 government schools in Maharashtra. Shekhar Mehta, Chairman, RILM, said, “In my history of 35 years, I have never seen a more historic moment than this. And the impact of this will further touch 40 lakh children. In the next two years, we want to reach every school in India.” Speaking on the occasion, Nand Kumar said, “In Maharashtra, there has been a digital revolution. Out of 66,000 schools in Maharashtra, 63,458 schools have one classroom digitalised. From 3 lakh teachers, 1,60,000 teachers have declared themselves as ‘Tech-Savvy’.”