India is fighting to the pandemic of COVID-19 by taking all the important measures. The 21-day nationwide lockdown is about to end on 14th April but there are high chances that this lockdown can extend further.
People are browsing online reading platforms in their quarantine. The National education platform “SWAYAM” has been accessed nearly 2.5 lakh times till Wednesday. The figures were 50,000 in the last week of March. The numbers have increased about five times compared to the last week of March.
“This is in addition to about 26 lakh learners already enrolled in 574 courses available on the SWAYAM platform. Likewise, nearly 59,000 people are viewing the videos of the SWAYAM Prabha DTH TV channels every day, and more than 6.8 lakh people have watched these since the lockdown began,” the official said.
A senior member of HRD ministry said, “The various e-learning platforms of the HRD Ministry have seen unprecedented combined access of over 1.4 crores since March 23.”
Similarly, the National Digital Library has been accessed about 1,60,804 times in just one day on Wednesday, and about 14,51,886 times during the lockdown period, as against about 22,000 daily strikes earlier.
The official also added, “The Education portals of NCERT like DIKSHA, e-pathshala, National Repository of Open Educational Resources, Senior Secondary Courses of NIOS, NPTEL, NEAT, AICTE Student-College helpline web portal, AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL), IGNOU Courses, UGC MOOCS courses, Shodhganga, ShodhShuddhi, VIDWAN, e-PG Pathshala.”
“Other ICT initiatives like Robotics education (e-Yantra), Open Source Software for Education (FOSSEE), Virtual experiments (Virtual Labs) and Learning programming (Spoken tutorial) are also experiencing very large access rates.”