Budget 2022: ‘One Class, One TV Channel’ to provide digital education
Children in government schools have deprived of primary education during the Covid pandemic. children in We recognise the need to impart supplementary teaching and to build a resilient mechanism for education delivery. For this purpose, ‘one class-one", Nirmala Sitharaman said.
Primary and Secondary Education has severely hit during the Covid pandemic, to give a booster dose to the education sector, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the ‘One Class, One TV Channel’ program of PM-e VIDYA will be expanded from 12 to 200 TV Channels.
Due to the pandemic-induced closure of schools, our children, particularly in the rural areas, and those from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and other weaker sections, have lost almost 2 years of formal education, Union Finance Minister pointed out.
“Mostly, these are children in government schools. We recognise the need to impart supplementary teaching and to build a resilient mechanism for education delivery. For this purpose, ‘one class-one
TV channel’ programme of PM eVIDYA will be expanded from 12 to 200 TV channels. This will enable all states to provide supplementary education in regional languages for classes 1-12”, she stated in the Budget speech.
The financial allocation for education for 2022-23 has increased to ₹ 1.04 lakh crore from ₹ 93,224 crore (Budget estimate) in 2021-22 as the minister laid emphasis on digital modes of education to reverse learning losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The revised estimate for 2021-22 is ₹ 88,001 crore.
In vocational courses, to promote crucial critical thinking skills, to give space for creativity, 750 virtual labs in science and mathematics, and 75 skilling e-labs for the simulated learning environment, will be set up in 2022-23.
High-quality e-content in all spoken languages will be developed for delivery via the internet, mobile phones, TV and radio through Digital Teachers. A competitive mechanism for the development of quality e-content by the teachers will be set-up to empower and equip them with digital tools of teaching and facilitate better learning outcomes.
Digital University: Digital University will be established to provide access to students across the country for world-class quality universal education with a personalised learning experience at their doorsteps. This will be made available in different Indian languages and ICT formats.
The University will be built on a networked hub-spoke model, with the hub building cutting edge ICT expertise. The best public universities and institutions in the country will collaborate as a network of hub-spokes, mentioned in the Budget.