HRD Ministry announce Project Eklavya to make education accessible to everyone
The National Institute of Open schooling under the Ministry of Human resources and development has paved the way for better accessibility for students to learn from home by introducing Eklavya. It will be a MOOC platform with a wide plethora of courses to choose from. It will be offered at Secondary, Senior secondary and Vocational course levels for skill development and enhancements for learners. The courses are also available in various mediums for a better understanding. The advantages of this initiative is that students are free to learn at their own pace at the comforts of their home, but it fails to provide the strong student-teacher connect that is present in traditional classrooms. An added advantage is that Audio MOOCs are available for Secondary courses which will help in better understanding. They have been divided into lessons combined with self assessment tests and discussion forums which can be accessed by any user registered with the project. The course has been curated by experts and divided into levels for the benefit of the learners. They are,
For Secondary level – The courses are available in English, Hindi, Gujrati, Marathi, Odia, Malayalam and Telugu.
For Senior secondary level – courses range from languages to science, mathematics and Social science related subjects.
Vocational courses have been developed for Yoga, beauty therapy, bee keeping, CRM domestic voice and Panchakarma assistant.
There is a separate section of course dedicated for teacher’s learning which includes Professional development programme for elementary teachers and Diploma in Elementary education. Language learning modules are currently under development and will be made available shortly to ease the process of learning. These courses will impact millions of lives by making learning accessible even during the pandemic. – Sharanya Sreepad