New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee launched Swayam and Swayam Prabha to take education to the remotest corners of the country on Sunday. Mukherjee also launched a `National Academic Depository' where verified educational records will be digitally stored by universities and boards to counter forgery. Swayam and Swayam Prabha -for making education more accessible -and the depository were conceived and executed by the HRD ministry.
HRD minister Prakash Javadekar highlighted the importance of teachers as the function was organized on `Guru Purnima'.
As a mark of respect on Guru Purnima, he presented Mukherjee, who started his career as a teacher, a gift which included a “slate“ -a traditional writing tablet.Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee said he had always emphasised on “quality“ of teaching and learning process in higher educational institutions. He said mere physical expansion might provide access but without physical infrastructure and quality teachers, “the talent which is hidden in young minds would not get the opportunity to blossom“. The President also said there were huge differences in the quality of education in urban and rural areas, between states and in educational institutions within a state. Underlining the need for making quality study material available in regional languages, he said pupils studying in the regional medium in schools found it difficult when the material for higher education was in an alien language.
Under Swayam, courses will be offered through digital classrooms with online study material available free of cost in videos.
News Courtsey: The Times of India