National mission on education

Introduction

The National Mission on Education through Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) has been envisaged as a Centrally
Sponsored Scheme to leverage the potential of ICT, in teaching and learning
process for the benefit of all the learners in Higher Education Institutions in
any time any where mode.

Objectives

The objectives of the National Mission on Education through ICT shall
include:
(a) building connectivity and knowledge network among and within institutions of higher learning in the country with a view of achieving critical mass of researchers in any given field;
(b) spreading digital literacy for teacher empowerment;
(c ) development of knowledge modules having the right content to take care of the aspirations of academic community and to
address to the personalized needs of the learners;
(d) standardization and quality assurance of e-contents to make
them world class;
(e) research in the field of pedagogy for development of efficient
learning modules for disparate groups of learners;
(f ) making available of e-knowledge contents, free of cost to
Indians

Components

The Mission has two major components:
(a) providing connectivity, along with provision for access
devices, to institutions and learners;
(b) content generation.

It aims to extend computer infrastructure and connectivity to over 18000 colleges in the country including each of the departments of nearly 400 universities/deemed universities and institutions of national importance as a part of its motto to provide connectivity upto last mile. Therefore, the
Mission, in addition to utilize the connectivity network of BSNL/MTNL and other providers, shall explore the possibility to provide connectivity utilizing
Very Small Apperture Terminal (VSAT), Very Personal Network (VPN) and
EduSat channels.
It seeks to bridge the digital divide, i.e., the gap in the skills to use
computing devices for the purpose of teaching and learning among urban and rural teachers/learners in Higher Education domain and empower those, who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not
been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy so that they can make best use of ICT for teaching and learning.
The Mission would create high quality e-content for the target groups.
National Programme of Technology enhanced Learning (NPTEL) Phase II and
III will be part of the content generation activity.
The peer group assisted content development would utilise the wikipaedia
type of collaborative platform under the supervision of a content advisory
committee responsible for vetting the content. Interactivity and problem solving approach would be addressed through “Talk to a Teacher”
component, where the availability of teachers to take the questions of
learners shall be ensured appropriately.

Functioning

The Mission have a three tier committee system to monitor and guide its functioning. The National Apex Committee of the Mission is chaired by

Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, and decides on all policy
issues and prescribes guidelines for the functioning of the two sets of
Committees namely ‘Empowered Committee of Experts (also known as ‘Project Approval Board’) and ‘Core Committees of Domain Experts’. It has a
‘Mission Director’, who heads the Mission Secretariat and also acts as the
Secretary to the National Apex Committee and Project Approval Board.

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