In Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), the Union territory (UT) administration has initiated a slew of measures under “Samagra Shiksha programme” to facilitate students with complete access to education through technological interventions and other viable means in wake of COVID-19 lockdown.
i.Samagra Shiksha programme: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all educational institutes have been closed and in order to maintain the continuity of education delivery to students several steps are being taken by the UT Government which inter-alia included Radio Classrooms wherein Live Lectures are being broadcast daily between 2 to 4 P.M.
ii.These measures include tele-classes on DD Kashir and Local Cable Network, Video Lectures Repository using JK Knowledge Network, Online Classes including Vocational Classes using freely available Applications like Zoom, e-Pathshala, DIKSHA (Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing) and created special WhatsApp Groups for interacting with Children with special needs through special educators.
iii.Nearly 42 free Laptops with Braille Tactile Readers were distributed for Visually Impaired Students/ persons to freely access the internet.
iv.Manzelein: The J&K government also launched Online Career Guidance Portal “Manzelein” for students in association with UNICEF which is a structured and well programmed portal developed to help students in choosing a right career after their secondary or higher secondary education.
v.The portal will have complete information on careers, colleges and 2,62,000 programmes in 16 countries.
vi.About 2,500 Tabs were distributed among students for attending online classes, accessing online content available on e-Pathshala, DIKSHA and other activities.
vii.Besides, funds to boost education Rs. 2,030.87 lakh were released to Directorates of School Education for purchase & distribution of books to children under elementary level as Right To Education entitlements.
About Jammu and Kashmir:
Capital- Srinagar (summer), Jammu (Winter).
Governor- Girish Chandra Murmu.