Recently in news, ‘one laptop per child’ program for students is the most ambitious educational reform initiative to date. With low cost laptop computer and tablets in place, government of India has proposed to deploy Aakash-2 tablets in next few months.
With Information growing rapidly in today’s age, it is imperative for information to be codified in digital form and make citizens information literate through digitalized learning and e-learning. Technology thus, plays a vital role to survive in information age.
The phenomenon of Globalization has lead to the increased need for universalisation of education especially for developing and emerging nations. In a country like India, availability of educational resources, infrastructure and the cost of building the same has been the biggest challenge.
In a conference at IIT Delhi, our then President Hon’ble Abdul Kalam reiterated the fact that rural India must be provided five basic types of connectivity namely, Physical, Electronic, Knowledge, Social and Economic. By knowledge and connectivity he meant the spread of digital education in education sector as a whole. There is a need to revamp in order to increase reach, ability and availability of educational resources, training, and learning for people at large.
In times to come, technology will play a significant role in bridging the gap between diversities in education sector especially between Urban and Rural India. Both having difference in character, art of infrastructure, faculty resource etc, digitalization can minimize the bottlenecks with respect to reach ability of content and information.
Imparting Vocational training through setting up broadband networks, intranet facilities to connect rural cyber cafes and several other initiatives are facilitating new learning delivery systems, expanding capacity and promoting access to education.