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Indian Govt Launches Open Repository For School Education

The Human Resource Development ministry has launched a new initiative called National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER), reports Times of India. As per the NROER website, this is an initiative by Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and the Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in a bid to provide free educational resources to school students under the Creative Common license. The website says that the repository includes concept maps, videos, audio clips, talking books, multimedia, learning objects, photographs, diagrams, charts, articles, wikipages and textbooks for all grades in multiple languages. However, we couldn't find any information on the number of languages in which theses resources will be available. Users can access the repository to use the resources, comment on them and also contribute to the repository. It appears that NROER is trying to create an open bank of education resources for all grades. The launch of NROER seems to be in line with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)'s recent partnership with five international and national publishers to provide students with online resources for English, science, social sciences and mathematics including over 4500 animated content, 80 hours of live lectures and six hours of digitized simulation material starting August 2013. The material will be available for free to government schools affiliated to the board while public schools can access the content for Rs 2 per month for classes I to VIII and Rs 10 per month for secondary classes.…

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