Jammu: The Advisor to the Lt Governor KK Sharma today directed for doubling the efforts to provide virtual classrooms and digital platforms to the students of the UT in view of the corona pandemic, so that their studies do not suffer.
The Advisor was interacting with the Directors of Education of both the divisions through teleconferencing.
It was told that the Directorates have been making concreted efforts in pursuant to the directions given by the Advisor to make available to students the study material.
Besides, the private schools throughout the UT have also supplemented the efforts of education department by giving home assignments to the students studying in these institutions.
It was also given out that the teachers are also trying various digital platforms to reach children through audio and video conferencing. Academic support is being given to the students by way of online classes through ZOOM App and Google Classes, wherever possible.
The Advisor was also informed that in present scenario, the Directorates of School Education have also initiated virtual schooling project wherein skilled and experienced teachers delivered curriculum based lessons in the studios of J&K Information department and the lessons are telecast through DD Kashir Channel and local cable network.
Presently, two classes of 30 minutes duration are aired daily at 04:00 PM and 06:00 PM and the students are able to watch these lessons while sitting in their rooms.
It was also given out that the Directorates of School Education are utilizing You tube Channels to upload Teaching Lessons to some extent on some subjects on the topics of importance. DIKSHA, a digital Platform of MHRD is also available, which offers teachers, students and parents engaging material relevant to prescribed school Curriculum. E-patshala of NCERT is another platform of MHRD which is being accessed having all the learning material.
The Advisor while appreciating the efforts of School Education Department asked both Directors to finalize the schedule of classes being telecasted in DD Kashir Channel in advance and instructed to publish the schedule of three days in advance in local newspapers and websites of the department for the information of the concerned.
The Advisor also appealed to parents and students to utilize various services and educational material available in different platforms, so that students remains updated and are benefited from the technological interventions in their studies.
Later, the Advisor also interacted with Secretary Higher Education and VCs of Jammu University and Kashmir University regarding various online initiatives which have been undertaken already and the new steps to be done in future.
The Advisor pointed out the latest communication of UGC addressed to all VCs and Principals of Colleges with regard to various ICT initiatives of the MHRD, UGC and IUCs like Swayam On-line Courses, e-PG Pathshala, Swayamprabha, National Digital Library etc. He said that these need to be utilized in addition to other ICT initiatives for maximum usage within the Universities and its affiliated Colleges.