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Sitharaman: Top 100 universities to start online courses

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Education institutions including schools and colleges are suffering the most in the Covid-19 crisis. There is an uncertainly over the opening of schools and colleges.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the fifth and last tranche of the Rs 20-lakh crore Covid-19 packages as part of the “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan”. The FM said Swayam Prabha DTH channels are launched to support and reach those who do not have access to internet access.

Sitaraman said “Online education is being taken up in a big way and more 12 channels will be added. It will be a great help to students in rural areas. Children love technology and adapt quickly and over 200 new textbooks being added to e-pathshala.”

Over the education sector, the finance minister said, “Provision has been made for the live telecast of teachings. The govt has tied up with private operators such as Tata Sky and DTH to air educational content for students.”

Sitharaman also said top 100 universities will start online courses by May 30.

“Extensive use of podcasts and radio will be used for students to deliver content. Special e-content for visually and hearing-impaired students will be provided. Top 100 universities will be allowed to start online courses by May 30,” FM said.

Sitharaman said reforms will be the focus of the fifth and final tranche of the economic stimulus package to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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