Education plays a very important role in the development of any nation – be it the one already at the heights of achievement or the one struggling to come out of the under-developed or developing status. The developmental potential inherent in the goods of quality and quantitative education is not at all a hidden fact and is evident universally. When viewed through the lens of civilizational development, the most vibrant colour that emerges vehemently to extend the canvas of evolution and progress is non-other than educational improvements. Education for the modern world dealing with its own intricacies serves to be a powerful weapon holding the inherent capacity for transformation of the world order altogether.
NAM has always supported sustainable advancement and the innovation in the field of digital education has only taken up the bar of improvement for its Member States. India, being the member of NAM, has adopted its principles and guidelines in all spheres possible, digital education advancement being one among others. Because of the efforts of the government, Indian education sector too is reaping the benefits of digital innovations and transformations. Incorporating digital media and technology in education the pedagogical methods and teacher-student interactions across the India have progressed. The goal of digital education in India has been to bridge the educational gap between its rural and urban centres and provide digital learning experience to all irrespective of socio-cultural and economic background.
India, in order to keep up to its role of being a prominent Member States of the Non-Aligned Movement, has channelized its efforts to modernize the educational scenario. It has introduced digital learning tools like smart-boards, LCD screens, videos, etc to actualize the modernization of the educational sector. The centre as well as all state governments are making strenuous efforts to spread the goods of digital education all over the country.
PM Narendra Modi launched a flagship programme in 2014 called ‘Digital India’. It aims to cater to the issues in the education sector and integrate technology with all its advancements for the benefit of education. Digital India has been envisioned as an ambitious umbrella programme to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
The far-fetched benefits of digital education for developing and under-developed nation is immense as it could provide them with the potential to bring the nation on the chart of progress. NAM has urged the Member States to understand the role played by education and thus asked them to embrace sustainable technological innovation. India has done the same and has set an example for other member nations of NAM to follow. In its New Education Policy drafted by the Kasturirangan Committee, online education is given due importance. India has initiated Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) under the SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active –Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) initiative that holds the potential to make higher education available to India’s youth, that forms more than 50% of the population. ‘Project Saksham’ aims to bridge the gap between educational institutions and digital technology and till date has influenced 71 universities.
Indian government has also relied on cooperation and partnership to sow the seeds of improvement. Under ‘E-Kranti’, one of the major pillars of Digital India, the government of India has collaborated with various telecom service providers to empower remote areas of the country with basic infrastructural set-up for internet services that could aid in advancing the educational scenario of the nation. In the Indian Union Budget for 2018-19, the enhancement of quality education by integrating it with technology has been the main administrative focus. It has allocated Rs 456 crore for digital education.
The emphasis on the need to transit from blackboards to digital boards signifies the role that technology must play in improving the quality of education. Under ‘Project Shiksha’, a tech giant partnered with schools to develop Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills in government school teachers. The government also aims to provide free Wi-Fi in all schools by 2019 under a project ‘National Knowledge Network (NKN)’. India, among the NAM Member States have set a name in the field of digital education and innovation that could serve as an example to be followed by other NAM Member States and nations worldwide.