MHRD launches National Repository of Open Education Resources

Pallam RajuNew Delhi: The HRD Minister Dr M M Pallam Raju recently launched the National Repository of Open Education Resources (NROER). Addressing the Conference on ICT for School Education in New Delhi, he said that the school education has in the recent times witnessed immense growth. Having promised our children the right to education, leveraging technology is important to expand school system.

The National Repository is a collaborative platform which proposes to bring together the best of digital resources for different subjects domains, across different stages of the school system and in different languages.

The Minister of State for HRD, Dr Shashi Tharoor said that Ministry of Human Resource Development is continuously working towards inclusiveness of Education. In order to make education inclusive, the use of ICT would be quite beneficial. Although technology may not replace the teacher yet it will make teaching more attractive.

The Secretary for Higher Education Mr Ashok Thakur said that ICT initiative is not only promoting school but teachers as well as students also. He said that at present we are connecting 400 Universities and 20,000 Colleges through ICT highways.

The Secretary for School Education and Literacy Mr Rajarshi Bhattacharya said that ICT which is developed by NCERT will improve teaching quality at school level.

Over 200 delegates from the Government, NGOs and the private sector participated in the two-day Conference organised by MHRD and NCERT. The National Conference brought together a variety of stakeholders- policy leaders, practitioners, researchers, implementation agencies and developers of content to examine the policy in the light of their insights and impressions, identifying gaps in the system and suggesting a roadmap for implementing the policy.

The Conference aimed to evolve a roadmap for using ICT into schools and help teachers and children make best use of the opportunities that ICTs provide. Based on National Curriculum Framework, the ICT Curriculum for teachers and students intends to provide a holistic introduction to ICT in education.