Budget 2022: Bolstering Digital Education Ecosystem for Children
The Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on education for children, particularly the underprivileged. The pandemic induced closure of schools has led to the loss of formal education for many children, particularly children in rural areas and from weaker sections. Children across India have faced a mix of offline and online modes by educational institutions for the last two years that has impeded their learning experience and outcomes. These disruptions have crippled the education sector. To address this, the government has acknowledged the need for supplementary teaching and building resilient mechanisms for education delivery.
Therefore, the budget has announced the expansion of “One Class One TV Channel”, a PM e-Vidya initiative. Presently, 12 channels are working for imparting education to students of classes 1 to 12. The Union Budget 2022-23 has expanded this to 200 TV Channels. This expansion would enable all states to provide supplementary education to students in regional languages for classes 1 to 12. Provision of education in regional languages is one of the key initiatives under National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. This expansion will assist in achieving the goals of the policy.
The PM e-Vidya initiative is built on the idea of the 'One Nation One Digital Platform'. It is aimed at providing a single digital platform in the country to help students learn better, especially during the pandemic. This initiative is reinstated in the budget laying emphasis on expanding modes of e-learning for children across India.