Digital India campaign didn’t benefit common masses in JK: Dir Edu

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Planning to give tablet computers to students: Sec Edu

Irfan Yattoo


Director School Education, Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Itoo, on Saturday said Digital India campaign had failed to benefit common masses in Jammu and Kashmir. He said it had remained confined to ‘big houses only’, citing example of the Parliament and Secretariat.
Itoo was speaking at a day-long seminar on the campaign at Sri Pratap Higher Secondary School here. It was organized by State Institute of Education.
The Digital India campaign was launched by the Government of India to ensure government services were made available to citizens electronically by improved online infrastructure and increasing internet connectivity.
Itoo said there could not be better ambassadors of the campaign than teachers who could pass digital technology to students in every nook and corner of the state.
“Only teachers can reach the grass-root levels to promote the Digital India programme at far-flung areas of our state because children take teachers seriously in every society,” he said.
Itoo said the State Institute of Education would continue to organize similar workshops to train teachers. He said the funds would be provided by the Education Department with the assistance of the Government of India.
On the occasion, Secretary to the Education Department, Farooq Ahmad Shah, said a negative impression about the government schools had formed in the minds of people.
He said people thought the government schools lacked quality education. He said the government needs to improve the image and upgrade the schools with innovative digital methods of learning.
“For better educational development we need to adopt digital technologies in our schools and train teachers also about these technologies”, Shah said.
He said the government had raised the issue of upgradation of the schools and digitization with the Secretary of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Shah said the government was planning to distribute tablet computers among students to encouragethem to use digital technologies in educational sector. He said Jammu and Kashmir was far away from other states in terms of digitization in education sector.
“After the current academic session in Kashmir division the teachers would be provided training through seminars and workshops,” he said.
Research officer Dr Rabiya Naseem said the event was organized for teachers, masters and lecturers of the education department so that they could disseminate digital technologies and aware students about the benefits of digitization.
At the seminar,over 50 teachers and lecturers from various schools presented papers on the theme of Digital India in Kashmir. Later, prizes and certificates were presented to first three position holder of paper presentation.
Students of Government Higher Secondary school, Hajin,played a skit on the theme.


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