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Government colleges get tech savvy with 62 smart classrooms

Government colleges get tech savvy with 62 smart classrooms

19 Jun 2019 No comment 62 hits

PANAJI: In April this year, two government colleges in Sakhali and Khandola raced past their private counterparts in the state to rank among the 150 best general stream colleges in the country at the ministry of human resource development’s (MHRD) national institutional ranking framework (NIRF). The directorate of higher education (DHE) decided to take the progress a step further and four government colleges in Goa are readying themselves to introduce smart classrooms.

The 62 smart classrooms will not only bring teaching alive, but also connect the four institutes virtually, for resource sharing.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, has also been roped in by the state to train college teachers on how to develop animation and other content which can make teaching more interesting for students using digital tools.
The government colleges in Sakhali, Khandola, Quepem and Margao have been equipped with smart classrooms at a cost of Rs 4 crore. Work on fitting the institutes with the devices began in January-February this year so that the classrooms could be put to use during the current academic year 2019-20.
“The colleges have been provided with smart interactive boards, smart podium and visualiser and interactive pad. One training session for the college’s teachers has already been completed on how to operate the devices. The second training by IIT Bombay will take place in July on how to create animation and different content to make the lessons more gripping,” said a state official.
Work on the smart classrooms at Government College, Borda, Margao, and Government College, Sakhali, is already complete and their use will begin with the launch of the scheme at the latter institute by chief minister Pramod Sawant later this month.
The smart classrooms will also connect the four colleges virtually, allowing students to take up a programme, not available in their institute, at one of the three other institutes. Students will be able to sit in their own college and attend a lecture at an institute in another part of the state.
“We have provided one virtual board to all colleges which is the standard practice. This new equipment will help students view lectures being delivered in other colleges. They will also be able to interact and ask questions. This will lead to resource sharing and students will have additional courses available to them,” said an official.
Funds alloted by the central government under the Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) were utilised to provide the virtual boards and smart classrooms, officials said.

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