India Formulating a National Policy on ICT in School Education

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At  the eINDIA2007, Ministry of Human Resource Development announced the need for a National Policy on ICT in School Education, for which it initiated a consultative process along with Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative to address the 21st century challenges in teaching and learning using technology tools. A draft document was developed under the guidance of Ministry of HRD, Department of School Education & Literacy through a series of consultations with major stakeholders in the ICT in Education domain; including national consultations, workshops and a series of e-discussions pertaining to integration of ICTs in school education.

As part of efforts to take this dialogue forward with the government functionaries and experts on methods of effective implementation of ICT in school education, a panel discussion was organised at eINDIA2008 on July 30, 2008. The broader objective was  to create opportunity for discussion on three vital issues concerning effective implementation of ICTs in schools, namely,

  • Should there be a national vision for integrating ICTs in school education? Is effective implementation of  ICTs in schools impeded by lack of a guiding document portraying a national focus.
  • States bear the onus of effective implementation of ICTs in schools. What should the policy document prescribe to aid the process of its implementation in states?
  • What are the challenges faced during its implementation and possible ways to combat these challenges?