Centre allocates over Rs. 818 crore to promote online learning to mitigate effect of COVID-19 pandemic


Union Government has allocated more than Rs. 818 crore to promote online learning to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that over Rs. 267 crore have been allocated for online teacher training.

The Minister said, internet access under Bharat Net scheme has been made available to government institutions and to improve the internet connectivity in rural areas.

He said, his Ministry has held several consultations with the States and Union Territories to ensure that the school going students do not lag behind in their studies during COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, various initiatives like PM e-Vidya, Diksha platform, E-textbooks rationalization of syllabus for examination, Manodarpan were started for the benefit of the students.

Replying to another question, Mr. Nishank said, the online content has been increased from 20 to 40 per cent in regular degree programmes.

He said, through Swayam Prabha initiative, the Education Ministry is providing 34 educational TV channels covering educational contents for schools and higher educational institutions. 


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