The Digital Path to Future

Recently we had the former HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal, who is the current Minister of Communications and Information Technology,Dr Ravi Gupta saying “I want public services to be delivered through Aakash. I want Aakash to be a platform for 1.2 billion people.” The initial versions of Aakash may have failed to elicit an enthusiastic response from the market, but the idea of low-cost tablets for education and other purposes has struck a chord with everyone. Kapil Sibal is right when he says that a affordable tablet like Aakash can also become a tool for providing public services in the nation.
Aakash is just one example of a digital tool that holds great promises for the future of education in the country. It can greatly facilitate the acquisition and absorption of knowledge. Today education entrepreneurs have come up with a whole range of such solutions that provide unprecedented opportunities to enhance educational systems. The idea of “Digital Classrooms” where education is delivered through digital platforms has caught the imagination of the education community. They pose as a good strategy for engaging the digitalgeneration and improving individualised learning opportunities.
This issue of digitalLEARNING is focussed on the adoption of digital classrooms by the Indian institutions. We have interacted with a range of stakeholders to discover how the digital classrooms are re-orienting our school structures. We also take a look at the myriad challenges that the country faces as it tries to tailor its solutions around different institutions and their diverse learning needs. There are issues related to the training of the teachers in the digital technologies and there are also the budgetary constraints. But on thewhole the industry is doing well, and thanks to such technologies today students have access to an array of better educational opportunities.
We have included a guide in this issue of digitalLEARNING to help our institutions make the right choice when it comes to installation of digital classroom solutions in their campus.
This issue digitalLEARNING is a special edition, as it is a part of a series of two issues – April and May 2013 that are going to be launched at the World Education Summit (WES), scheduled for 23-24 April 2013, at Le Méridien,New Delhi. This would be the third edition of the WES, which is now widely regarded as the world’s premier platform for knowledge exchange. So we hope to have you there at this year’s WES, where large numbers of education leaders from around the globe are expected to gather. The conferences, exhibition, workshops and the award ceremony at the WES will provide a wonderful opportunity to stakeholders in the field of education, all over the world, to create opportunities of progress at all levels, namely – global, national, and regional.

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