WES 2012 :: Blending Grassroots Capabilities with ICT Competencies to Strengthen Quality of School Education: Experiences of RGPEEE

WES Track: School Track

Title of Paper: Blending Grassroots Capabilities with ICT Competencies to Strengthen Quality of School Education: Experiences of RGPEEE
Author Name: Dr Masood Parveez
Email: masoodparveez@ignou.ac.in
Organization: Indira Gandhi National Open University
Address: Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre Jabalpur (MP) and Project Director, RGPEEE, IGNOU Regional Centre,Rajshekhar Bhawan, RDVV Campus,Pachpedi, MP. Jabalpur, India

Co-Author 1:
 Author Name: Dr U C Pandey
Email: ucpandey@ignou.ac.in
Organization: Indira Gandhi National Open University
Address: Regional Director,IGNOU Regional Centre Bhagalpur(Bihar)

Abstract:

Blending Grassroots Capabilities with ICT Competencies to Strengthen Quality of School Education: Experiences of RGPEEE 1. Dr Masood Parveez Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre Jabalpur (MP) and Project Director, RGPEEE, Jabalpur (MP) INDIA Email: masoodparveez@ignou.ac.in 2. Dr U C Pandey Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Bhagalpur (Bihar) INDIA Email: ucpandey@ignou.ac.in Abstract Despite the sincere efforts made by the Government since Independence the system of school education, in India has left much to be desired. Though there has been a perceptible change in the quality of education in urban pockets, the schools located in geographically inaccessible areas still starve for good quality teachers & infrastructure consequently lowering the quality of the teaching learning, turn up of students and pass out rates. With the implementation of 86th constitutional amendment in Dec 2002 and its enabling act of Right to Free and Compulsory Education 2009(RTE), Government has now launched a decisive battle against all these odds by making free elementary education a constitutional obligation. The situation is challenging in many ways seriously affecting the Access, Retention and Quality of education primarily due to inaccessibility of most of primary/elementary schools, weak and inadequate system of teachers training, poor communication & infrastructural facilities, variations in standards, social backwardness and absence of a single language as a mean of communication all over the country. There is dire need to make trained teachers available at grassroots, empower them to deliver effective teaching and make the learning an enjoyable experience for the target groups. It is in this context that role of ICT has been well realized and understood and at policy level it is now viewed as a promising tool to fulfill huge constitutional obligations of RTE. There is a well realized need to use out of box ways to train teachers at the grassroots, blend their capabilities with ICT competencies with the ultimate aim to make the learning enjoyable experience for target groups. In Indian situation satellite supported networks have been perceived to be of great opportunity .The interactive facilities through Satellite Interactive Terminals (SITs) and even one way telecast (ROTs) can prove to be of great help in the kinds of settings most of rural schools in India operate. The government of India has therefore made huge investments for the launch of EduSat, a dedicated satellite, solely available for education and development.This capability has facilitated one national level network and five regional/state level networks in the country in Ku band. Rajiv Gandhi Project for EduSat Supported Elementary Education (RGPEEE) which is on the national beam of EduSat in Ku band is a major venture of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and governments of Hindi speaking states in India. The project launched by the Government in December 2005 aims to add value to elementary education thereby making it interesting for target groups, reduce cost of operations, train teachers and above all, enhance the reach to the remotest corner of the country. Authors of this paper have been involved in the Content Development, Project Implementation and Management of RGPEEE right from its inception. This paper presents the case study of this major pilot project of India. Presentation is organized in three parts. In the first part the strategic framework of the project has been described. In the second part the impact made by the project since its establishment have been critically examined and lastly in the third part the future prospects and scope for further expansion has been described.

Brief Biodata of Presenter:

Dr Masood Parveez is presently working as Regional Director of IGNOU Regional Centre Jabalpur(Madhya Pradesh) and is also the Project Director of RGPEEE which is one of the largest collaborative project of MHRD,ISRO,IGNOU and the Hindi Speaking States of India.Dr Parveez has earlier worked in various important capacities in IGNOU including the Director of Regional Services Division of IGNOU.

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