a landmark initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to
develop a One Stop Education Portal for addressing all the education and
learning related needs of students, scholars, teachers and lifelong learners.
The portal envisages providing one stop solution to educational requirements of
learners ranging from K to 20 covering all fields of study including vocational
education and learning for life skills.
scenario where there is vast disparity of educational facilities available
in various regions across the country, the Portal will help in bridging the
gap by providing just in time quality educational resources and teachers 24×7
to learners irrespective of their social, economic and educational status.
It is an endeavor through which MHRD is going to synergize the efforts taken
by the educational organizations/ agencies viz. UGC, AICTE, IGNOU, NCERT,
KVS, NVS, CBSE, IITS, IISc etc. to develop world class content. Senior faculty
members from different universities, research institutes and institutions
of higher learning are contributing to the development of the Portal.
Main Objectives Of The Portal
· Provide barrier-free
web based learning resources uniformly across the country;
· Develop a
repository of world class interactive multimedia learning content;
· Nurture learners
by providing web-based guidance and encouragement through synchronous and
asynchronous modes of interaction;
· Help in honing
skills and knowledge through online mentoring and testing services;
· Provide a platform
for sharing of knowledge and experience among teachers and learners;
monitor the progress of scholars and other learners based on the performance in
customized online tests;
learners to make informed decision on choice of profession through online
career counselling facility;
those who aspire for excellence.
Website Developed at IGNOU
website developed at IGNOU represents three tier architecture with presentation
VB.Net and C# and the data repository is running on SQL Server 2000.
Portal has the following five functional modules:
Resources: these help the learner to
explore through the vast knowledge base available on the net in the form of
e-books, e-journals, digital repository, digital library etc. Most of the
sources listed are open source material.
this module is specifically meant for scholarship holders at national and state
levels to keep track of their progress and keep them informed about other
scholarship opportunities through news feeds and announcements.
· Testing: this
module enables the learners to test and upgrade their skills and knowledge
through online testing, skill upgradation tools, and guided learning
this is a special facility for those who aspire for excellence. Links are
provided to various Olympiad sites to help them in testing and upgrading their
capabilities to face competitive examinations in life.
· Interact: this
module provides a platform for the learners to interact with their teachers,
mentors and peer group in real time or asynchronously. Tools provided for
interaction includes, e-mail, weblogging, webcasting, online chat, discussion
forum. Other facilities include career counseling and a platform for uploading
content and quiz by teachers.
Apart from the above modules the Portal has an inbuilt
virtual class rich with multimedia learning resources. The topics under study
for each subject have been divided into four quadrants comprising e-content,
web resources, e-tutor and self-assessment. Other facilities include newsfeed
service, useful links, announcements and digital literacy module.
Strong authentication module is available in the
Portal for access control of different facilities of the site to different
levels of users viz. scholars, learners, teachers and institutions. The registered users can view their profiles
in terms of their performance on the basis of the online monthly tests.
there is an independent module for uploading content on the Portal. The content
uploaded by the teachers are reviewed online by the Content Advisory Group
identified for the purpose, which is finally vetted and authenticated by the
Chairperson of the group before uploading.
Portal Developed at NIC
developed by NIC provides links to vast knowledge resources, educational news,
examination alerts, sample papers and other useful links available on the
web. It has an inbuilt repository of educational resources and online testing
facility. The education helpline has interactive features like- talk to a
teacher, post a query, discussion forum, web conferencing and career counselling.
As far as
content generation is concerned, Sakshat is concentrating on the discipline
areas pertaining to Senior Secondary curriculum. Once this part gets stabilized
the Portal is supposed to take up e-content generation in respect of the
secondary, elementary and primary level curricula. It would also create and
host content for the undergraduate, postgraduate level and scholars pursuing M.
Phil and Ph. D.
would be one of the important pillars of the National Mission on Education
during the 11th Five Year Plan. The National Mission would address the requirement
of providing broadband access to every Indian with zero charge for the bandwidth
if this portal and its links are accessed. Development
of low cost, affordable and appropriate access devices having very
low power consumption would be yet another challenge for the Mission.
In order to ensure that usufructs of
ICT revolution reach every one even on the other side of the digital divide,
five renowned Institutions are anchoring the efforts in various challenge
areas as indicated below:
IISc, Bangalore & IIT, Chennai: Development of a very low
cost and low power consuming access devices and challenges of providing broadband
connectivity for every Indian, preferably free of cost for educational purposes.
IIT Kharagpur: Pedagogical
issues; multi-lingual content; content based on other cognitive faculties
iii) Jadavpur University:
Standardisation and quality assurance of the content
iv) IIT Delhi:
IT-BHU, Varanasi: Digital Literacy to empower even illiterates
to derive benefits of ICT in their
day to day life.
vi) IGNOU : Contact coordination and facilitation.
The website can be accessed at www.sakshat.ac.in; www.sakshat.edu.in; www.sakshat.ernet.in;
launch of ‘Sakshat’ pilot Project is a sincere effort to ensure that no person
is deprived of education for economic or social reasons as highlighted in
the National Common Minimum Programme. (PIB Features)
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