SHILLONG, OCT 2: Over 11,000 students of class XII from across the East Khasi hills district were provided with “M-Tabs computers” under a newly introduced – ‘Students’ Digital Learning Aid Scheme’ launched by the chief minister Mukul Sangma, who is the brain behind conceptualizing the scheme, at Polo ground on Wednesday.
Addressing at the gathering, Sangma revealed that the state government have sanctioned funds to ensure that every classroom in all the higher secondary schools in the state are provided with ‘Wi-fi’ facilities.
According to Sangma, we need to revisit the past and understand and realize that today’s world is different and has change with advance information and technology and Meghalaya needs to compete with the rest of the country and world in this sphere.
Stating that education is a sector that is crucially linked to economic transformation and employment generation, Sangma said, “We need to empower the youth with quality education and we have work out this model and structured the concept which will benefit the students making them capable of competing with the rest of the country.” He said the state government needs to focus on the education sector which has the potentiality to provide employment avenues to the youths of the state.
Sangma felt that the education sector is going to be the number one job provider. He said,“This initiative will ensure that our state is not segregated and isolated itself from others.”
Sangma also informed that the government is also integrating a similar programme for the teachers – ‘Digital Teaching Aid to teachers’ of the state. He said the government is proposing to take the scheme beyond class XII to XI, IX and VIII standard.
Informing that the government is all geared up to upgrade all the higher secondary schools in the state, Sangma said, “An amount close to Rs 700 crore have been aided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for upgrading the infrastructural development including Information and Technologies to these schools.”
Sangma also revealed that the state government intended to set up two more engineering colleges.
Informing that the proposed setting up of two medical colleges in the state is underway, Sangma however said, “When a small state like Pondicherry can have six medical colleges, is it not necessary for Meghalaya to open up opportunity for our own youths.”
The tablet computers under the Students’ Digital Learning Aid Scheme (SDLAS) are loaded with the classes XI and XII study materials of Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) and CBSE syllabus. The tabs however have been designed in such a way that SIM card facilities is absent but will be effected with Wi-fi connection for students to be able to get access internet facilities from anywhere besides equipping them will classroom formats.
The tablet computers were distributed to the 11, 000 students from over 86 schools across the district.
More than 25000 students from the different schools including ad hoc, deficit and private in the 11 districts of the state are beneficiaries of the scheme.
The objective of the state government is to make learning more effective and increase the competitive level of the students so that they become at par with the rest of the country.- By Our Reporter