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State govt urged to use technology, social media to seek students’ feedback




 The State government has been urged to use technology and social media to seek feedback from students and to ensure delivery in a transparent manner.

It has been urged to digitize all textbooks from Class I to XII and develop an app is needed to be developed for e-Books. A Digital library for all classics and out of print publications, especially Odia books needs to be digitized for the students.

Soft skills like spoken English, basic computer and internet skills are needed to be developed for students at high school level and beyond, in residential schools.   These are some of the out of box suggestions of the district collectors to the State government, which were appreciated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Arindam Dakua, District Collector of Nayagarh presented the proposals of Group V, which looked into issues of schemes and services related to students.

Dakua in his presentation pointed out there is a requirement for use of technology while handling scholarship for the students to link all the departments concerned. “As too many documents are required for determining eligibility, there is frequent human interface as well as multi level issuing and sanctioning, lack of coordination between related agencies and most importantly lack of sensitivity on the part of the banks. Use of technology will sort out these issues”, he pointed out.

He added that there should be a single window for application, scrutiny, submission and issuance of eligibility document and scholarship. The bank accounts of the students shall remain operative even with zero balance or without frequent transactions, the collector suggested.

Dakua said a portal is needed to be in place to provide access to citizens as guest users for ensuring transparency in school wise student enrollment. As far as coaching is concerned, there is needed a link to student portal and all institutions above High School to have facilities for access to career counselling websites.

In higher education sector, it was pointed out that there is lack of standardization of classroom teaching and learning. Hence, a system is needed for linking all colleges. Besides, tele-education for students is required and subsidized Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for students should be made available.

There is lack of reading materials and to fulfil the requirement, State Library, State Achieves and other University Libraries should be completely digitized. The Group V of collectors has advised the State government to have a platform for Directorate of Technical Education & Training, Skill Development Mission and Department of Higher Education for convergence, where each college student can access skill initiatives.

Looking at the special requirements development of Braille and Talking Books, assisting devices are to be made available in all schools, which should be provided for the blind students.  Job Access With Speech (JAWS) software for blind students is a must suggested the Group V, said sources.

JAWS is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen.






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