The Government of Rajasthan’s education department will use Cisco’s Connected Learning solution to let its academia collaborate, create and share content across 12 State Institute for Education Management And Training (SIEMAT) centres in the state. These centres will be turned into digital classrooms by Cisco. Cisco and the Rajasthan Government will provide 50,000 hours of annual training through these classrooms.

In June, the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) launched its e-learning content and digital classrooms and would include an interactive whiteboard, a digital podium, Android TV with a touchscreen and internet, document cameras to project live experiments and 3D diagrams.

In August 2014, the Rajasthan Government’s Department of IT & Communication commissioned a project with Aksh Optifibre to open over 10,000 e-governance kiosks across rural and urban Rajasthan by 2016, as part of the e-Mitra project.

MediaNama’s take: While digital collaboration and access to educational content is a step ahead, the government should formulate guidelines for what it plans to achieve and actually achieve it, either through defined processes or policies which ensure completion. Many a times, the government ends up spending money on initiatives which are forgotten about or end up biting dust. Implementation is key in digital where the landscape is ever changing and the changes are rapid.

Other government education projects:
– In July this year, the Government of India approved the SWAYAM Prabha project which aims to operate 32 DTH channels to provide educational content to teachers, students and other citizens.
– In January this year, McGraw Hill Education India (MHE) tied up with Edutor Technologies’ IGNITOR, to provide MHE’s Education book catalog in a digital format and distribute across universities and colleges.
– In December last year, all CBSE textbooks and other learning material was made available online by NCERT.
– In the same month, the HRD ministry said that the first phase of its National Digital Library would be complete by February 2016. DeitY had announced the program back in August 2010.
– In November 2015, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said it would launch Bharatvani, with the objective of delivering content in all Indian languages through the online portal.
– In the same month, the Ministry of Human Resource Development launched ePathshala, a portal that hosts educational resources for teachers, students, parents, researchers and educators.
–  In January 2015, the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Samsung Electronics signed an MOU to set up the MSME-Samsung Technical School, with an aim to establish a total of ten such schools for conducting joint training programmes across the country.
– In December 2014, the CBSE had launched an online self-review tool called Saransh for schools affiliated to the board. CBSE said that this tool would allow schools to identity areas of improvement in students, teachers & curriculum and take necessary measures to implement change.

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