National digital repository for schools launched

Union Human Resource Development Minister MM Pallam Raju launched an initiative to bring together digital resources for various subjects in different languages.

Updated: Aug 13, 2013, 14:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Union Human Resource Development Minister MM Pallam Raju on Tuesday launched an initiative to bring together digital resources for various subjects in different languages in schools.

The National Repository of Open Education Resources, prepared by NCERT, is a digital resource of collection of documents, audio-visuals, interactive objects etc which are mapped to the concepts, thus enabling access to a library from which teachers can choose appropriate resource.

The minister also launched ICT curricula for the schools and said once the initiatives are rolled out, the curriculum would help train teachers on a large scale to benefit from ICT.

"The task of continuous professional development of teachers and onsite support to teaching and learning processes can then be met effectively."

The collaborative nature of the repository also provides a great opportunity for teachers to participate in the process.

"The chance of experimenting and showcase one`s own creation is a very satisfying one and will give the teachers the much-needed confidence that they can also create," he said at a function here while launching the initiatives.

He said the ICT scheme of the government and the provisions in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan have supported the developments of ICT infrastructure and connectivity in schools.

But, he acknowledged, the coverage is "not adequate" due to challenges like basic infrastructure and choice of hardware and software appropriate to the school system.

Raju said the new initiative launched today "has the potential to significantly contribute and impact the school education in the country".

PTI