HP University hosts 2-day CEC Educational Video Competition
The CES Media Centre will allow students to access and download e-learning content prepared on selected topics from selected subjects. The students will not have to spend unnecessary time in searching material relevant to their courses.
Shimla: The obsolescence academic environment of the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, might soon receive some major digital upgrades to allow teachers and students to harness the enormous and unlimited power of e-learning.
In collaboration with the Consortium For educational Communication (CEC), the varsity has expressed its plans to establish a high-tech media centre and a digital library.
If the announcement made by the HPU VC at the event to be believed, the university will get a multi-faculty complex in a couple of years. The complex will also provide digital infrastructure that will bring the entire e-learning content of 86 subjects of undergraduate courses to the desktop of the students.
HPU Hosts Annual CEC Education Video Competition
The CEC has collaborated with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), HPU, for its annual Educational Video Competition. The two-day event was kicked-off on October 5. It will feature 23 educational films divided into 10 different categories. The winners will be awarded.
Twenty three movies in ten categories will be screened at this two-day event. The winners will be awarded by the Governor Acharya Devvrat on the October 6 at the valedictory function,
informed Dr. VikasDogra, Chairman JMC.
On the occasion, Nageshwar Nath from CEC, New Delhi, was also present with the Chief Guest, the Vice Chancellor of HPU. The VC expressed his gratitude towards the CEC for giving the HPU an opportunity to organize such a useful event. He also congratulated the Dept. of JMC to be a part of the event.
This is the age of transformation towards a digital world. Now learning isn’t a matter of brick and mortar (infrastructure). It is the matter of Chips (storage device) and Fibre(Internet),
said Prof. Rajbir Singh, Director CEC.
He further assured the HPU administration that the CEC will assist in every way to set up a digital library in the university premises that would make the learning an easier process.
Though HPU is late in adopting e-learning, the project would still mean a lot in a race to keep up with the modern world.
We will have to update ourselves; otherwise we will not survive in any sector let it be education or health,
said the VC.
What is CEC?
Luckily, the CEC is one of the Inter-University Centres set up by the University Grants Commission of India specifically to address the needs of higher education through the use of resources of mass communication like the Internet, Television, rapidly evolving information communication technologies (ICTs) etc.
It was the CEC that introduced some of the selected varsities/colleges to Media Centres aka Audio Visual Research Centres (AVRC) equipped with broadcast quality equipment and professional manpower.
The establishment of the CEC goes back to the “Countrywide Classroom” program that was first broadcasted on Doordarshan on August 15, 1984. The program later became the CEC in 1993. The program had begun with a motto of “upgrade”, “update” and “enrich the knowledge” of students, “broaden their mental horizons” and “stimulate their urge” to know more.
How is it different from searching study materials on Google or Journals?
If a student uses the Internet to search for e-learning content, he finds himself in an unending pool of credible and non-credible knowledge sources. Students struggle to find content that sticks to their course. Cluttered information causes confusion.
On the other hand, the CES will allow students to access and download e-learning content prepared on selected topics from selected subjects. The students will not have to spend unnecessary time in searching material relevant to their courses.
Further, the VC said that Himachal has a high-literacy rate of 87 percent and there are over 16000 educational institutions and several universities in the state. In India, Himachal has the maximum number of girls undertaking higher education courses.
The varsity has achieved the goal of attaining expansion and has received awards for the inclusiveness, but is lacks excellence, said the VC.
He said that Himachal has achieved 100 percent electrification and it will support the process of digitization.