As per the RTE (Right to Education) act, the fundamental right of children to free & compulsory education notified on 27th August 2009, there should be a school within 5 km radius of geographical reach. According to which 144 new school locations for un-aided private high schools all across the Maharashtra state have been identified. “School Sanctions and Approvals” (SSAA) initiative is a step forward towards RTE compliance taken by School Education Department, Government of Maharashtra. This move encourages private players in catering education service to all those school children who belong to remote areas of Maharashtra where in no/less transportation facilities are available. As a result, economically backward children are not been able to bear the transportation expense of commuting to school & are not able to get access to school education. This IT initiative invites online applications for issuing letter of intent (LOI) to new school/existing school management for the opening of un-aided, privately managed Marathi medium high schools in rural areas of Maharashtra State. This application proves itself on various e Governance parameters like performance, verification, process standardization, documentation, fair & transparent process of evaluation, etc. without the influence of political pressure or corruption.
Replication of OLABS in Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools
CIPS has organized a Video Conference on OLABS (Online Labs) at 10.30 am to 12:30 pm on, 28th of January, 2015. The presentation was made by Dr. M. Sasikumar, Associate Director, C-DAC Mumbai, supported by his colleague Mr. Manoj Kumar Singh, Technical Officer C-DAC Mumbai. Education Officers and Teachers from 27 NIC locations and 16 states had participated in the VC. More than 1000 teachers participated in the programme through Webinar. Two teachers from each Kendriya Vidhyalaya school participated in the programme to explore the possibility of using OLABS in the classrooms. OLABS is being used by the teachers who participated in the programme.
Replication of Innovative Practices by OPEPA
Department of School and Mass Education, Odisha is keen to take up the following innovative practices for replication.
- Science Education – Learning by Doing of Agastya Foundation
- E Pass – Online scholarship Management portal of Andhra Pradesh
- IT@School model of Kerala – ICT at School scheme.
- National Skills Quality Framework – of introducing vocational education in Schools by Haryana.
- Madhya Pradesh Education Portal
Replication of IT@School of Kerala in Visakhapatnam
The Centre for Innovations in Public Systems Hyderabad facilitated the visit of the District Informatics Officer, NIC, Visakhapatnam and Special Deputy Collector, KRRC, Visakhapatnam to study IT@ School, Kerala and Kerala Land Bank projects at Thiruvananthapuram on 4th and 5 th July 2013.
Under IT@School, the team visited Government Higher Secondary School, Cotton Hill Thiruvanantapuram, Kerala on 04-07-2013. It is a Girls High School having about 5000 girl students and about 200 Lady Teachers. The team studied the usage of “Smart classes” for teaching where the Smart Classrooms are classrooms equipped with Speaker and Projector for using digital contents for better teaching and learning. The school has smart classroom facility for 17 X standard classes and 5 Smart classes for VIII and IX standard classes.
The team suggested that one key component for successful implementation of ICT is due to the integration of Hardware, Animation, Networking, Graphics, Programming, Video – Audio Editing, Office Packages in the text book. Apart from the separate IT text book, the revised subject books with additional contents on related application software ensure the qualitative results.
The team also visited Kerala Land Bank office to understand the usage of free and open source software for inventorising public lands and interacted with the officials.
Replication of IT@School of Kerala in Chattisgarh
A two membered team from Chattisgarh visited Kerala from 12 Aug 2013 to 14 Aug 2013 to study the IT@School for possible replication in Chhattisgarh. The team visited IT@School State Project Office, District Project Office, 2 Rural Government Schools – GHSS Karipoor & GHSS Avanavancherry and 1 private school at Trivandrum. The team was also exposed to Smart classroom concept, 11 hr Victers Educational Channel and various educational applications using free and open source software (Edu-ubuntu). The team interacted with the students, teachers, school student IT Coordinators, Master Trainers, Master Trainer coordinators, District Coordinators and various other stake holders of this initiative. The team also spent considerable time with Shri. A Shajahan IAS, Directorate of Public Instructions, Kerala and Mr. Shibu, Executive DirectorIT@School.
Replication of IT@School of Kerala in Jharkhand
Replication of Karnataka School Quality Assessment and Accreditation Council