Edn minister for opening students’ database centre

IMPHAL: Education minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam has made a proposal to the Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal for giving directive to all the states for opening database centre for students studying in their states from different parts of the country.
Making the proposal during ‘Nishank’ programme, Dr Radheshyam opined that if the database for students studying in schools to university level, hailing from different states of the country is prepared by each state it will help in identifying and facilitating the students during the times of crisis.
Speaking to DIPR reporter on Wednesday, the minister said that the proposal was put forth during the Video Conference meeting with the Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal along with Minister of State for HRD Sanjay Dhotre with the Education ministers and Education secretaries of all the states held on April 28.
Dr Radheshyam hoped that preparation of the database of the students studying in each state in the country will help the respective state governments to reach out to the needy and stranded students in other states and address their grievances quickly at emergency like situation in the future. He expressed that as for now, there is a lack of such data collection and most of the states are facing problems in tracking the students who had gone to other states to pursue studies. In the Video Conference meeting, the minister sought for approval for the installation of solar power plants and infrastructure for offline learning procedures to schools located in the interiors of the state. He also said that the state plans to introduce pre-nursery and nursery classes in government schools. Further stating that the evaluation of the answer papers for the High School Leaving Examinations, 2020 and Higher Secondary Examinations, 2020 has already begun, the minister also highlighted the initiatives taken up by the Department of Education (School) as the schools are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
While reporting to the Union HRD Minister about the team of teachers from various schools who have been preparing e-content as an intermediate measure, the minister conveyed that various private/government schools have been assigned a category of class or classes and a platform will be created by the government for uploading the contents. This will take some time to complete, but once it is completed audio mode classes will be broadcast on AIR and other local channels. He further added that comic textbooks for Class III-V for three subjects - EVS, Language and Maths have been uploaded and are made available from April 16 for the first time in Manipur which could be accessed through the website www.bosemebook.in.
Regarding the revision of academic calendar which has been affected due to the ongoing lockdown, the minister said that the State Education department will follow the guidelines of the Ministry and informed that the department is planning to take up necessary measures after opening of the schools.
The minister also announced that once the schools are opened, the duration of classes for the lower sections will be extended and there will be no summer vacation. He also said that there may be also classes on Sundays and the syllabus will be rationalised and academic calendar will be reviewed accordingly.

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