ICT policy for public sector mooted

ICT policy for public sector mooted

Demand-based training should be imparted to teachers

After a detailed discussion the workshop is expected to yield a set of guiding principles for policy on software for the public sector.

Suggestions rolled out from various participants who had travelled to the City from
the neighbouring states to standardise the framework on Open Software for educational purposes on day one.

Simultaneously, concerns were raised on Content Policy for the purpose of education in ICT in South India. Challenging the political will and influence generated by proprietary software, government officials from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh appealed for a detailed clause on safeguarding officials implementing the ICT programmes at the school level.

Political pressure

“In Tamil Nadu, it is quite hard to ignore references made by the politicians who pressurise the grassroots- level officials in implementing ICT programmes in schools,” said an official from Tamil Nadu.

Echoing the same, Mohammed Ali Rafath, Director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan said the steps to ensure that there should be no undue pressure to supply “vendor driven” software to schools.

Director for IT for Change, Gurumurthy said that with the increasing use of ICT in the sphere of education, the centralisation of power will begin to take shape. He added that the policy of ICT needs to be drawn to ensure that regular and demand-based training is imparted to teachers apart from encouraging the support of e-Network among the academic community.

India’s future

Inaugurating the workshop, Cecila Barbieri from the UNESCO education sector emphasised the role of the public sector software in shaping India’s future.

“As India competes to be independent, it is important for the public sector to consider the long term vision and goals it wants to achieve in the information age,” she added.

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