“Bharat Padhe Online” is a campaign that is initiated by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. Via this campaign, students and teachers across the nation are invited to give their suggestions and idea on how to make e-learning better in India. As per the reports, so far more than 37,000 suggestions have been received in 3 days after the campaign went live on April 11, 2020.
The campaign will last till April 16, 2020. This is the last date to share and send ideas / suggestion about online learning or e-education. Apart from that, the top 10 interesting ideas will be contacted by MHRD to share their proposals in detail.
UGC has also urged all the universities and colleges to share details of the Bharat Padhe Online campaign with teachers, students, researchers, and experts via an appeal letter date April 11, 2020.
The motive of the campaign is to improve the online learning experience. With the global COVID-19 pandemic, the e-learning experience is being promoted among the students, teachers, and parents as schools are under shutdown for a very long duration. Thus to help understand how to intensify online education and at the same time make it better, the “Bharat Padhe Online” has been initiated by MHRD.
The campaign works in 2 ways:
First, by logging into Twitter and sharing ideas / suggestions by using #BharatPadheOnline and tagging @HRDMinistry & @DrRPNishank.
Second, sending an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the suggestions that MHRD has received on twitter revolved around internet connection issues. Students are concerned about the difficulty in accessing e-content for studies due to poor connectivity in many regions.
In Jammu and Kashmir, the 4G internet connection has been shut. Students from these regions are unable to access the resources and have highlighted their concern:
Another suggestion came in the form of email. The screenshot of the mails has been uploaded on twitter too that suggests using the DTH service to start educational channels.
Some teachers have suggested visiting the school on a rotational basis so that they can provide the teaching materials online using school resources to the students seating at home:
Some suggested that in the current scenario building an e-learning infrastructure from the scratch is very difficult. Thus they suggested the government to collaborate the existing e-learning platforms.
While some suggested that India should get their own e-learning platform without any security issues.
To make the e-learning effective, some suggested to change the assessment system by giving weightage to the online assignments conducted online.
Students suggested weekly tests online to keep track of their progress.
Many also urged the government for diversification of great apps existing for e-education like Google Classroom
Some suggested for compulsory attendance to maintain regularity in online classes.
Going through the “#BharatPadheOnline” tag on twitter, the major concern that students have raised is the lack of a good internet connection. Most of the suggestions came for a good platform that is easy to access, secure and effective. The government is all ears for the suggestions and will announce the top 10 proposals after April 16, 2020, when the campaign ends.
If you too have a suggestion, head over to twitter and tweet it with BharatPadheOnline and tagging @HRDMinistry & @DrRPNishank, or send it over email to email@example.com.