TO OPTIMIZE the demand for electronic content for schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Gujarat Education Department has, for the first time, formed a “fully owned public company – Gujarat Education Technologies Limited (GET) To create and deliver e-learning. electronic platforms and content, as well as developing the framework to deliver and manage quality online education at an affordable cost for schools in the state.
The GET will act as a nodal agency not only for public schools, but also for private schools for the review of the e-learning content provided to them.
This will cover private schools in all boards, says education secretary Vinod Rao. âAs there is little difference in the curriculum of schools affiliated with the State Council and the Central Council for Secondary Education (CBSE), our schools also follow the NCERT framework. Thus, GET will cover the private schools – both affiliated with the State Council and the CBSE – which we also carry out in English, âsaid Vinod Rao.
The process of developing electronic content for schools has already started at GET, which is expected to replace private providers of electronic content soon. âThe company created to provide world-class quality electronic content at the most affordable prices will replace the companies that today charge 30,000 to 40,000 per child per year. The same content we will provide at almost a tenth of that cost. We have outsourced and the process has started for electronic content training, âsaid Rao.
Although the reason cited in the government notification for the establishment of GET states “to ensure uniformity of learning, assessments, remedial courses and pedagogical innovations in state schools, in accordance with in Article 29 (1) of the right of children to free and compulsory education. Act 2009 â, the factor of affordability is the main driving force of the company.
“GET, the autonomous corporation of the government of Gujarat under the administrative control of the secretariat, primary and secondary education and establishes the required technology-based e-learning systems and provides quality electronic content with the help, support and partnerships with technology and e-content providers in the industry and build a framework for the online education system at affordable prices, âstates the state government notification.
Regarding the financing of GET, in accordance with the government resolution (GR), its funds will include subsidies from the State or the central government, funds received in the form of grants, gifts, donations, CSR funds (social responsibility of companies), profits, transfers, income generation through the collection of fees / charges / license fees or user fees for e-learning to be provided or sold by the company. It is also authorized to “use surplus funds for the modernization of learning facilities in public and subsidized schools”.
GET which will operate from the Sector 19 Command and Control Center in Gandhinagar has also been authorized to operate help desks in any digital form, including voice, BOT chat and other technologies that can be available.
It will also act as a nodal agency for all companies providing electronic content and electronic technology companies working or intending to work in Gujarat and will also provide services to other ministries and non-governmental institutions in the areas electronic content development, training and performance measurement, adds notifications.