Textbooks in all languages will be digitised: NCERT

Textbooks in all languages will be digitised in the next two years, said Rajaram Sharma, Head-Professor of Educational Technology, NCERT on Wednesday.

Sharma, who is also the Joint Director, Central Institute of Educational Technology, NCERT said, “In two years, we will digitise all books related to education in all languages. All State DSERT’s will be taken as partners for the project.”

Sharma said this will also ensure upgradation of textbooks from time to time.

“National Repository of Open Educational Resources has study material from 29 languages for which 16,000 teachers and educationists have been contributing. We will also add more learning sources to this. Also, NCERT will be more focused on self-learning material contributed with the help of digitisation,” Sharma added. Sharma was addressing a press conference at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), ahead of the annual Quest2Learn organised by Quest Alliance.

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Gopal Naik, chairperson, Centre of Excellence for Urban Development, IIMB, said that after the success of the tele-education programme in government schools, they are now concentrating on 73 colleges to make them competent in English communication. “We have plans to add more numbers,” he said.

The Department of Primary and Secondary Education and the IIMB have jointly launched tele-education in government schools. “With the help or tele-education, we are now teaching more than 1,000 schools across Karnataka,” he said.
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