Indian ministry plans education portal

The Human Resource Development Ministry in India is planning a one-stop education portal. The website called Sakshat will initially have Class XI and Class XII NCERT textbooks with multimedia representation of graphics, pictures and historical characters.

To make learning easier, each chapter will have tutorials, links to reference material, lectures from top education institutions such as MIT, rapid-fire questions and answers, and a programme to test a student's learning ability. So if a student wants to improve his algebra, he will find questions on the website with answers and explanations for each step. And if the student is still confused, he or she can opt for a teacher. A student will e-mail his or her query to a teacher at the call centre who will reply instantly. Unlike schools, where tests are periodic, the website will provide instant tests and results comparable with the previous attempts. The server will keep a record of previous data of a particular student and it will be available in form of a graph. Information on a student's performance in the classroom will also be available on the portal as all schools will register with Sakshat and update students' record.

The ministry is targeting to cover 50 crore people. In five years it will be a portal for all education needs, although the ministry sees the website not as replacement of a classroom.

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