Himachal’s Virtual Classroom Program: Satellite connected learning in 280 school and 4 DIETs, claims CM

VTCs to provide equal opportunity of learning to rural & urban students ,Satellite connected learning to 280 schools and four DIETs, 7000 school teachers given training of ICT using internet and e-contents

SHIMLA- Valuable Edutainment Group, Mumbai, gave a presentation in Government Senior Secondary School, Phagli demonstrating digital education’s better utilization of virtual classrooms technology provided with best talented teachers from India through Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Technology

Technology best suits the State where schools are located in far flung and remote areas. This will help reduce the huge gap between the city students and the students of rural areas as it will offer an equal opportunity to all the students to reap the benefits of the virtual classrooms. The Virtual Training Centers (VTC) will certainly help the students in direct interactive session with top and talented teachers, while sitting in their classrooms.

Learning through this technology would certainly become more entertaining with use of smart boards and audio-visual contents and it will further clear the doubts of the students during live lectures.

The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was also present and watched the presentation.

Himachal is one of the leading state in field of education with literacy percentage at 88 percent and I hope that virtual classrooms would help us to improve a lot providing ample opportunities to the students to learn,

said the CM.

He claimed that under the Virtual Classroom Programme, the State will provide satellite connected learning to 280 schools and four District Institutes of Education Training (DIET). There would be four schools in each legislative constituency in the State.

Under National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), Information and Technology (IT) based education is being provided free of cost in 385 schools in Himachal covering approximately 15000 students,  he claimed.

As per claims made by the Principal Secretary (Education), RD Dhiman, under Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), Scheme of Government of India, 628 schools of the State were selected in 2005-06 and during the second phase 1525 schools were added in the year 2015. At present 2138 schools were covered under the scheme and 50 schools have their own multimedia centers. He further claimed that 7000 school teachers were given training in the use of ICT using internet and e-contents.

Sanjay Chavan the Chief Technology Officer from Mumbai, also explained as to how VSAT was an uninterrupted technology during all weather conditions, which would help the students to enhance their learning experience. He said experts teachers from the key cities can be appointed to conduct live lectures and address the problems of the students in any subject they want. Valuable Group undertakes all the responsibility of training the teachers to operate the gadgets and other modern equipments in the studio and to make them proficient in delivering lectures besides training to teachers in schools to operate VTC equipments.

The students of GSSS, Phagli also asked live questions from an expert teacher sitting in Mumbai in the central studio besides they could see and listen to the answers given by expert teachers as were being asked by the children of Mumbai school on the screen.

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