Prof AK Bakshi, the vice-chancellor of Allahabad based Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University, has been appointed as one of the national coordinator for the (UGC-MHRD) project for development of e-content in 77 disciplines at post-graduate (PG) level. The UGC has constituted a standing committee and HRD Ministry has provided Rs 84 crore for the project.
The content will he hosted on a portal called e-PG Pathshala.
The project is under the centrally sponsored scheme of National Mission on
Education through ICT (NMEICT) of the MHRD. In the first phase of the
initiative, e-content will be generated for 35 different subjects.
India Education Review reached out to Prof AK Bakshi who
explained the aim behind the initiative is to discourage rote learning and
induce creative thinking in students, “The aim of this initiative is to create
world class ‘e-content’ which will be rich in multimedia. With the help
of e-learning we are trying to overcome the limitations of traditional talk and
chalk method. The e-content will be useful for conventional universities where
classroom teaching is already there and this project will help in form of
blended learning. It will also be beneficial for Open Universities as well as Virtual Universities. Students from various institutions will have an access to it
and it will be available without any charge.”
Informing about the ambitious project, Prof Bakshi, also a member
of the standing committee of this project, said “We have appointed few national coordinators I’m one of them
we will look after four to five subjects. There will be eminent experts from
all over the country are being involved in this project in various capacities
of national coordinators, subject coordinators, paper coordinators, authors,
reviewers etc. to produce world class e-content. The input/output templates for
this project have already been developed by a team.”
Each subject will have 16 papers which will be completed
in two years, he said.
Explaining the process of the content development, he said “In the first stage, the static will be developed which will be reviewed
by subject experts and their suggestions will be incorporated. Then it will
undergo language and scientific editing as well. In the second stage, the
static content will be enriched with multimedia (addition of animation,
graphics etc) by the technical team. Once that is done the content will be
hosted on the e-PG Pathashala portal.”
“The portal will also
have audio as well as video lectures of top academicians in various
disciplines. We have value additions for various topics like common
misconceptions, points to ponder, did you know and do it yourself all such
things which will make subject more interesting,” he added.
Talking about his role as one of the national coordinator of
the project, VC said “My role is to coordinate the content of the subjects
which are under me. In order to facilitate that, I convene meetings of the subject
coordinators and authors. Recently, we held a workshop to explain them all the
details. Since so many people are involved in this project they need direction
and planning strategy for that we have prepared guidelines. My aim is to make
the content look uniform and world class.”
The technical coordination of the project shall be looked
after by the UGC Inter-University Centre Inflibnet in Ahmedabad.
The subjects in the first phase include Anthropology,
Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer science,
Computational science, Computational social science, Earth sciences, Economics,
Education, English, Environmental sciences, Food technology, Forensic science,
Geography, Hindi, History, Law, Library and information science, Linguistics,
Management, Mass communication and journalism, Mathematics, Microbiology,
Philosophy, Physics, Political science, Public administration, Psychology,
Social work , Sociology, Statistics and Zoology.