Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], April 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lauded the use of technology in ensuring a more vibrant education sector in Gujarat.
"Sharing some glimpses from my visit to the Vidya Samiksha Kendra in Gandhinagar. It is commendable how technology is being leveraged to ensure a more vibrant education sector in Gujarat. This will tremendously benefit the youth of Gujarat," tweeted PM Modi today.
He visited the Vidya Samiksha Kendra of 'Command and Control Centre for Schools' in Gandhinagar on Monday.
The Prime Minister was shown the monitoring activities, video walls and a live demonstration of the various facets of the Kendra. The Prime Minister was briefed by an audio-visual presentation also. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel was among those present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister interacted with the stakeholders. Rajashri Patel, head-teacher from Ambaji was the first person to interact. The Prime Minister enquired about the interest of teachers in the new technologies. The Prime Minister also asked the students about the use of the Diksha Portal.
The Prime Minister inquired about the level of stress and whether it has increased or it has made the situation easier. He also said in a light-hearted manner that it is becoming difficult to cheat. He also interacted with a class 7 student. The Prime Minister asked the student to play and eat well. The Prime Minister went very conversational and informal with the group.
CRC coordinator from the same district also narrated the change brought about by the new technology. He took the Prime Minister through the process of monitoring and verification by the coordinator. The Prime Minister also went deep into the possibilities of the new system by asking about using the system for nutrition monitoring, whether it is viable for teachers and what can be done to sensitize students and other stakeholders about the balanced diet.
PM Modi narrated a personal experience of his visit to Canada many years ago where he visited a science museum and filled a chart for his diet at the kiosk. His vegetarian diet made the machine say "are you a bird'!!
The Prime Minister continued and said that this must be kept in mind that while technology is accessible and can open new vistas hitherto unknown, however, the Prime Minister cautioned, that real-world should not be ignored by the virtual world.
From Kutch, Rathore Kalpana from the SMC committee of the Primary School, the Prime Minister asked about the benefit for the primary teachers. He was told that the new system is improving compliance. Talking to class 8 student Pooja the Prime Minister recalled an old issue that teachers from Mehsana could not teach in the local Kutch dialect.
The Prime Minister was informed that the situation has improved. The Prime Minister in a light-hearted manner asked about the support given to the weak students. Head teacher of the school also informed how teachers used G Shala, Diksha app etc during the COVID-19 period and how even nomadic communities were provided education. The Prime Minister was also told that many students had the necessary devices for the new system. The Prime Minister showed his concern for less emphasis on physical activities. He informed all the present on the occasion that sports in no longer extra-curricular but are part of the curriculum.
Darshana Ben from the Tapi district elaborated on her experience and said how various parameters have improved due to the new system. She also said that workload has been reduced. She also informed most of the students were registered on Diksha Portal. Tanvi, a class 10 student said that she wanted to become a doctor. The Prime Minister told her that earlier science subjects were not available in the remote areas but after an intense campaign situation changed and now benefits are visible.
The Prime Minister said that Gujarat always goes for new methods of working and later entire country adopts them. He was informed about the interest evinced by other states. The Prime Minister also expressed concern that too much distraction from work should not happen. He wanted the coordinators of the project to keep the human element alive. He was told about the 'read along' feature and WhatsApp based remedy measures. The Prime Minister also asked to maintain an atmosphere of healthy competition based on the new system.
The Centre collects over 500 crore data sets annually and analyzes them meaningfully using big data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, in order to enhance overall learning outcomes for students. The Centre helps track daily online attendance of teachers and students, undertake centralized summative and periodic assessments of learning outcome of students etc. Vidya Samiksha Kendra has been deemed a global best practice by the World Bank, which has also invited other countries to visit and learn about it. (ANI)