Himachal is one of the leading state in field of education : Virbhadra Singh
INVC NEWS Shimla, With a view to supplement the endeavours of the State Government to impart qualitative and digital education to better utilize the technology of virtual classrooms with best talented teachers from India, through Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Technology, Chief Minister, Shri Virbhadra Singh highly appreciated the presentation given by Valuable Edutainment Group, Mumbai, in Government Senior Secondary School, Phagli today. He said that the technology best suits the State where schools were located in far flung and remote areas. This will help reducing the huge gap between the city students and the students of rural areas as it will give an equal opportunity to all the students to reap the benefits of the virtual classrooms. The Virtual Training Centers (VTC) will certainly help the students in direct interactive session with top and talented teachers, while sitting in their classrooms, he said. Learning through this technology would certainly become more entertaining with use of smart boards and audio-visual contents, he said, adding that it will further clear the doubts of the students during live lectures. “Himachal is one of the leading state in field of education with literacy percentage at 88 percent and I hope that virtual classrooms would help us to improve a lot providing ample opportunities to the students to learn”, said Shri Virbhadra Singh. However, under the Virtual Classroom Programme, the State will provide satellite connected learning to 280 schools and four District Institutes of Education Training (DIET). There would be four schools in each legislative constituency in the State. The Chief Minister said that under National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), Information and Technology (IT) based education was being provided free of cost in 385 schools of the State covering approximately 15000 students, said the Chief Minister. Principal Secretary (Education), Shri R.D. Dhiman said that under Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), Scheme of Government of India, 628 schools of the State were selected in 2005-06 and during the second phase 1525 schools were added in the year 2015. At present 2138 schools were covered under the scheme and 50 schools have their own multimedia centers. He said that 7000 school teachers were given training in the use of ICT using internet and e-contents. Shri Sanjay Chavan the Chief Technology Officer from Mumbai, also explained as to how VSAT was an uninterrupted technology during all weather conditions, which would help the students to enhance their learning experience. He said experts teachers from the key cities can be appointed to conduct live lectures and address the problems of the students in any subject they want. He said that Valuable Group undertakes all the responsibility of training the teachers to operate the gadgets and other modern equipments in the studio and to make them proficient in delivering lectures besides training to teachers in schools to operate VTC equipments. The students of GSSS, Phagli also asked live questions with an expert teacher sitting in Mumbai in the central studio besides they could see and listen to the answers given by expert teachers as were being asked by the children of Mumbai school on the screen. Councillor, Shri Shashi Shekhar Cheenu, Director Higher education, Shri Dinkar Burathoki, Director SSA, Shri Ghanshyam Chand, OSD to Chief Minister Shri Amit Pal Singh, Principal, GSSS Phagli, Smt. Veena Sharma, Shri Rajeev Godara, from Valuable Group were also present on the occasion amongst others.