Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Feb 2, 2018, announced that all blackboards in India will be replaced by e-learning platforms by 2020. (Source: Times of India)

Astounding, isn’t it? Yet it is official. As the nation marches towards its Digital India initiative, E-Learning has achieved prime focus in the Budgetary session of 2018.

This was our dream. The Dream of all-digital teaching and E-learning enthusiasts.

What is E-Learning?

E-Learning is the learning system that uses electronic resources to impart education. It has done away with blackboards, chalks and dusters and replaced them with computer screens, projectors, laptops or DVDs.

The IRJET – International Research Journal of Engineering and Technology – claims that the use of E-Learning can drastically cut time spent on classroom training by 52%. Similarly, costs of classroom resources and staff training are also considerably slashed with e-learning.
The best aspect of E-Learning is that it is

  • self-paced
  • open to inquiry
  • accessible always
  • ideal for practice

Lets Practise has been an early proponent of E-Learning.

Lets Practise aims at empowering educators and students to harness the potential of E-Learning effectively. Towards this, we have built a huge repository of over 4.5 Lakh Questions, that are mapped to the IGCSE, CBSE, ICSE and State Board formats.

Let’s look at what this means for all of us?

1. Schools will undergo a major transformation in the very methodology of teaching with the introduction of Operation Blackboard. Smart Classrooms and Virtual boards will revamp School Education by energizing to suit the needs of the next generation.

  • The launch of RISE-Revitalization of infrastructure and systems in education with estimated target spend of at Rs.1 lakh crore till 2022.
  • Operation Blackboard – Replacement of blackboards in all schools with e-learning platforms by 2020.

2. Fund allocation for schools has been increased and the quality of education is to be improved. This is to be achieved by treating education in a holistic and non-segmented manner from nursery to high school.

  • Budgetary allocation for literacy and education has gone up by 7.86%.
  • The Indian government aims at non-segmented education for pre-nursery to Class X. This will replace the SSA- Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and RMSA-Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan which are the present initiatives of the government.

3. The Digital Learning Initiative will bring in fresh air into our education system with its modern methods. Online learning is going to be an integral part of the student’s academics and this will widen the horizons of the student’s knowledge.

  • Operation Blackboard could come as a blessing for our children as e-learning platforms are much more student-connected, user-friendly and informative.
  • The concept of non-segmented education too is a huge step in ensuring uniformity of education across the step. It is to be welcomed and encouraged as it will relieve students of the pressure of studies and competition.

Apart from this, Smart Classrooms are full of fun and great for team activities. They are the right way to save precious ecological resources like wood and paper and are also easy to maintain. With such enormous benefits, Smart Classrooms are the right tools to empower the Indian education system.

Lets Practise welcomes this initiative of the Government of India. We are confident that with the push from the highest levels and adequate budgeting, we can achieve the lofty aims of our forefathers and nation builders. Education for all.

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