Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually participated in G20 Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers’ Meeting. This special session was convened to discuss the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on the education sector, how different nations have dealt with it and how the Member States can collaborate to further the cause of education in these difficult times.
In his statement, the Union Minister expressed his gratitude towards Chairperson for his initiative to organised this historic and relevant meeting of the G20 nations to collaboratively address the widespread disruptions caused by the pandemic in the education sector.
The Union Minister informed all members about India’s efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on all sectors including education. He said that Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, has recently launched a clarion call for an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ or Self Reliant India. Government of India has also announced an unprecedented economic package worth around 10% of India’s GDP with substantial financial allocations to reinvigorate the education and health sectors of our country.
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Shri Pokhriyal also shared information about efforts of HRD Ministry to promote digital learning during Covid-19 crisis. He said that we have developed excellent digital educational content over the years. These are available on various platforms like DIKHSA, SWAYAM , Virtual labs, e-PG Pathshala and National Digital Library to name a few.
He further said that we recognize that there are many students who do not have adequate access to digital means of education. To address the digital divide, we making extensive use of TV channels- SWAYAM PRABHA, a group of 34 DTH channels, and Radio including Community Radio. With the help of these we have succeeded in providing education 24×7 to students in the remotest areas.
The Indian HRD Minister said that in order to bring all e resources on a common platform, we are soon going to launch Prime Minister eVIDYA programme. The programme is expected to benefit nearly 25 crore school children.
The Union Minister reaffirmed India’s commitment to the efforts being taken by G-20 Group of Nations to continue with its focus on the development and advancement of flexible learning strategies, including a variety of distance and e-learning solutions within different country contexts..