DURING the turbulent times of COVID 19, when students are missing out on studies, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in association with National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) have launched an initiative in the domain of digital learning, named, DIKSHA. The aim of this initiative is to help teachers and the students to continue their studies as usual, however, through different mode.

DIKSHA portal is an advanced platform that is available on Google play store. The mobile app is available for not just the teachers but also for students and parents. The app is loaded with engaging learning material that fits the needs of prescribed school curriculum. It is full of lesson plans, worksheets and activities to create an enjoyable classroom experience. Students having access to DIKSHA app can understand concepts in an easy and interactive manner. There are features through which lessons can be revised. The app also facilitates the students to test his/her learning through self-assessment practice exercises.

With the outbreak of pandemic, the school education department of J&K, without wasting a day issued frequent orders directing teaching officials of all cadres to download the app and gear up for online teaching through it. Resource persons were first trained about the features and settings of the app who later on held the zoom meetings to teach fellow teachers about the app. The app is filled with information besides books, notes, audio/video teaching aids and what not. Recently, the J&K government also initiated NISHTHA training through this app. All the teaching officials were directed to register for training on the DIKSHA app. This NISHTHA( National Initiative For School Heads And Teachers Holistic Advancement) training comprises of a chain of training modules. It commenced from 10th of November for first three modules which are required to be completed by 25th of this month. Most of the teachers have completed a couple of modules and some have completed even all the three. Up till 14th of November, 68000 teachers had successfully completed all three modules.

In the pandemic, Teachers in Kashmir are making use of such ITC tools to cope up with the challenges of online teaching and complete teaching targets.

Rayees Ahmad Kumar

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