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Govt to bring new technology for education: Sibal

The Centre is working on a 3D technology that will allow parents to have online access to any educational institution for admission of their wards, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said on Wednesday.

Chandigarh: The Centre is working on
a 3D technology that will allow parents to have online access
to any educational institution for admission of their wards,
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said on Wednesday.

"One of the technology solutions we are thinking
about is why should not parents sitting at home have access to
any school within the region where they want to get his child
(admitted)...," Sibal said during an address at the Education
Summit here.
He said a combination of a host of technologies like
geospatial, videography and aerial photography would be put
into use to develop the new technology.

"The mapping exercise (of schools) is going on but
most of it is on 2D and we want it in 3D," Sibal said.

The minister said parents would be able to have
access to all the educational institutions on a particular
website and check all the facilities, infrastructure, teachers
before choosing best amongst them for their wards, with the
proposed new technology.

Stressing that this "student-friendly" technology had
"not been introduced anywhere in the world", he said the
Centre has carried out a pilot project in Karnataka in this

Sibal, however, said it could take 3-4 years to put
education-friendly technology in use as it requires "a lot of
investment in mapping exercise".

On another initiative, Sibal said his ministry was
working on connecting each college in the country with
National Knowledge Network, whereby students would be able to
have access to lectures from professors of other universities
or colleges free of cost.
"In next 2 years, each college will be connected with
National Knowledge Network having at least 10 mbps speed for
free flow of information between students and teachers," he

Emphasising that massive investment was required in
education sector, the minister said the Centre was trying to
extend free compulsory education from Class VIII to Class X in
the 12th five year plan.

Sibal said government was aiming at a Gross Enrolment
Ratio (GER) of 30 per cent by 2020, which is currently at 15
per cent.

On the improvement of quality of teachers, he said
teachers` training exercise would be carried out with the
support of private sector.

Sibal said the "cheapest" USD 35 Tablet would soon be
launched in the country.

"The USD 35 tablet will be launched in next few months.
The lot of 10,000 pieces will come in July and it will be
given to Universities first."

Asked about the status of Education Malpractices Bill, he
said it has already been tabled and hopefully will be passed
in the next Parliament session.

"I am dead against this profit from education. If I had
my way and had enough money I would make education free for
all the children," Sibal said, in reply to a question by a
representative of a private sector educational institution on
allowing returns like in other sectors.
".... But the idea is to put the profit back into
education. You make profit but invest back in the sector," he

However, the minister was in support of the private
sector in increasing land cost for setting up educational

Sibal said Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath
had agreed to ensure land allotment to private sector for
setting up educational institutions at institutional rates.

"Minister Kamal Nath has assured me that land allotment
to private sector in urban areas will be done at institutional
rates in Delhi," he said.


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