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D Srinivas, Minister, Higher Education, Govt of Andhra Pradesh 'We firmly believe that outlays in education is an investment not an expenditure'

the conference. The session synthesised track summaries across all topics and areas, summaries on the main themes discussed at the conference, as well as an overall summary of key policy recommendations. The outcome is to assist all the stakeholders in understanding the ICT and Education status fully in the country, so that the interventions can be made effectively and can be taken forward to achieve a desired goal. The session took shape through an open discussion from the floor moderated by Randeep Kaur, the Learning Advisor, Plan International.

The Minister from Andhra Pradesh said, all education policy makers face S C Khuntia presenting Power School Award to Springdales three major challenges- 1. Acquiring School, Pusa Road, New Delhi ICTs relevant to local level, like language, culture, etc. 2. Integrating tech effectively to education system animate and inanimate object has a 3. Dissemination of knowledge and defined role and anything that is defined information to make them accessible. has a limited scope. May be the easier part is integrating them to education system and the The concluding session of Digital difficult is to disseminate to increase Learning was designed in such a way, in its reach. In the backdrop of the State’s which the conference track discussions progress with ICTs in the education were summarised for the main sector, like the Jawahar Knowledge recommendations and research gaps Centres, Gurukulums, etc., he said, identification in each of the sessions of making ICTs available at a reasonable cost is the Recommendations biggest challenge. There • There is need for repeated demonstration of ICT are about 800 districts in programmes, projects or any of the ICT attempts, the country. If the country even if in small scale, to generate adequate confronts with the industry, awareness. corporate sector in various • Teachers are not equipped in ICT training, so fields, more particular than teachers’ training should be more directed towards the IT sector, entrust their teachers’ skill improvement with ICTs. A portal for teachers is recommended in this direction, providing members to adopt one district each would go the models, framework for teacher development. along way. • Active database of practices is needed that take place in schools, which can also influence the policy process. The Valediction • A call for a learner-centric pedagogy using ICT The Digital Learning India based tools. Need to have computer assisted 2007 along with eINDIA learning in classroom transaction with a clear focus 2007 came to an end in the of at least 8 hours of embedded ICT instruction a evening with the Valedictory week across different subjects in the curriculum. addresses from Subhash C • 25,000 to 30,000 schools actively use ICT solutions. Khuntia, Jt Secy, Ministry Documentation of their case studies and evolving of HRD, Dr William Dhar, success stories from them is recommended. DG, ICRISAT, Partho • Having some regional seminars at state level like Bhattacharya, Chairman, eINDIA will help in bringing more awareness, COAL India Ltd, Johra which is lacking at the moment, as this is more sort Chatterjee, Jt Secy, Ministry of national and international. of I&B. It also witnessed the 20

Award giving to the winners as Power School and i4d innovators.

The Awards Dr Ravi Gupta, the Convener of the eINDIA2007 conference and exhibition, hosted the Award giving function, in which Springdales School, Pusa Road, New Delhi was declared the Power School of this year, for demonstrating a strong commitment to innovative teaching and learning practices. The seven i4d Awards conferred on the ICT based projects from various parts of India and South Asia in the areas of digital literacy, e-Governance, empowering livelihoods etc. also recognised the innovators in the education sector. The award winners are NIC, Bihar (SCORE), All India Society for Electronics and Computer Technology (AISECT), Madhya Pradesh, Kerala State IT Mission (Akshaya), Central Informatics Organization (CIO), Govt. of Behrain, efusion Pvt Ltd, Sri-Lanka, Gedaref digital city organisation (GDCO), Sudan, and Core Projects and Technologies Ltd of Jharkhand. While the conference was approaching to the closing time, Subhash Khuntia, the Joint Secretary, Ministry of HRD, mentioned, ‘In a country like India where we have more than 200mn children in schools, and which is 1/5th of our population, it is very important to concentrate on the aspect to develop IT skills. He discussed about some issues of connectivity, and the need of more Public Private Partnerships, about which he expected that this kind of a conference will contribute to the cause. Dr Ravi Gupta, the Executive Director and Dr M P Narayanan, the President of CSDMS extended profuse thanks to all delegates for making the conference successful. The Valedictory of the conference, however, marked the beginning of i4d Film Festival the following day, that captured some of the short films which talked about the use of ICT tools in poverty alleviation, gender issues, health, human rights, education, governance, and more. September 2007 | www.digitalLEARNING.in

Consolidating ICT and Education : September 2007 Issue  

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Consolidating ICT and Education : September 2007 Issue  

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