About the Scheme

  • The Operation Digital Board (ODB) aims at converting a classroom into a digital classroom and in addition to availability of e-resources at any time and at any place to students.
  • “Operation Digital Board is a revolutionary step which will make the learning as well as the teaching process interactive and popularise flipped learning as a pedagogical approach,” Javadekar told reporters here.
  • The digital board will be introduced all over the country in government and government aided schools from class 9 onwards as well as in higher education institutions. The process will begin from the coming session of 2019 itself
  • Around 1.5 lakh secondary or senior secondary schools will be covered under the scheme. Additionally, the operation digital board (ODB) will also be implemented in higher education institutes. The UGC in its Commission meeting held on January 29, 2019, had passed a resolution for extending digital education to every classroom in the country by 2022.
  • It is estimated that there would be 5 lakh classrooms in the institutions which are aided by Centre or state governments. Out of this, based on the readiness, UGC proposed to take up 300 universities and about 10,000 colleges in the first phase covering 2 lakh classrooms.
  • For the 2 lakh classrooms, the cost is estimated at Rs 2000 crores. This can be implemented as a Central scheme, as a loan from HEFA.

Significance and Need for it

  • It will help in provisioning of personalised adaptive learning as well as intelligent tutoring by exploiting emerging technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics. An expert committee has worked out optimum configuration of the digital classrooms under ODB.
  • The biggest challenge facing education sector in the country is maintaining acceptable quality standards across the country.
  • Although we have good number of premier institutions, which compete with the best in the world, a large number of higher education institutions and schools needs improvements in quality teaching-learning, as the students coming out of these institutions find themselves unsuitable for the requirements of the society and market.
  • The spread of educational technology and connectivity has given an opportunity to resolve this issue and aim at equity in educational standards.
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