NCERT releases an ‘alternate academic calendar’ for class 11th and 12th students to boost online learning

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  • The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) today released an alternate academic calendar for class 11th and 12th.
  • Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) said that this calendar will guide teachers on the use of technological tools and social media to impart education.
  • The alternate calendar will also include audiobooks, radio and video programmes for the differently-abled students.
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) today released an alternate academic calendar for class 11th and 12th.

Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) said that this calendar will guide teachers on the use of technological tools and social media to impart education to school students as they stay confined to their homes in the wake of coronavirus.

This will scale up online learning in India by empowering students, teachers and schools to use teaching-learning resources.
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The alternate calendar will also include audiobooks, radio and video programmes for the differently-abled students. “The calendar will cater to the needs of all children including Divyang children (Children with Special Need)- links for audiobooks, radio programmes, video programmes, etc will be included,” Pokhriyal tweeted.

This comes after the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced special e-content for visually and hearing impaired, under the PM e-Vidya initiative.

Under this, the courses will be taught via live interactions and aired on TV channels for students from 1st to 12th grade to access it. It will also introduce at least 12 educational channels to keep the learning continuity for students. As many as 200 textbooks have been added to e-pathshala and 61 crore students have accessed the courses on Diksha platform, as on March 24.
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Given the delay in the academic year, the government has tied up with private DTH operators like Tata Sky to air educational content on TV. The students and teachers can also communicate with experts via skype.

You can check the academic calendar here.

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