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MHRD Ministry’s policy stresses on blogging, radio in school curriculum

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Under its national policy on Information-Communication-Technology (ICT) in School Education, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), India has recommended to encourage children to blog and communicate through community radio stations.

As part of a consultative process of the government's ministry of human resource development (MHRD), which oversees education, the recommendations were drawn from more than 400 stakeholders in the burgeoning education sector: education experts, ICT specialists, businesses and students. The recommendations state that blogging should be encouraged to support creative writing. Spreadsheets, databases, concept maps, and hypermedia authoring tools (Web development tools) to encourage critical thinking could also be encouraged. It is also suggested that digital devices like robotics kits, digital microscopes, graphing calculators and global positioning system devices for science, math and social sciences curricula can also be used in curriculum. To improve rural access, the draft recommendations also press for creation of localized content to be accessed on the web to help children “proactively explore and capture local realities''. The recommendations also suggested Internet access for all the schools and better technical infrastructure. The MHRD Ministry has also raised ICT spendings in school education from INR 1,00 billion in the 10th Plan to more than INR 6,00 billion in the 11th Plan.

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