Due to COVID-19 challenges and in order to provide continuous professional development opportunities to the teachers at the elementary level, this Department has launched NISHTHA online using DIKSHA platform in October 2020. Around 24 lakh teachers have completed NISHTHA online training at elementary level by June, 2021. Under NISHTHA, a module on integrating ICT in teaching, learning and assessment has been introduced. Further, NCERT initiated a webinar series from April, 2020 focussing on orientation of teachers, students and other stakeholders on use of various ICT tools, digital initiatives and emerging trends in educational technology, cyber safety and security.
Assessment is in-built in every Module and Online Certificates are automatically generated for participants after completion of the course. Module 1 of NISHTHA is specifically on ‘Curriculum, Learner Centred Pedagogy, Learning Outcomes and Inclusive Education’, wherein the pedagogies for achieving the learning outcomes for all children have been specified, namely, role of teachers in creating inclusive classrooms and Teacher’s skills- accept and address diversity, gender sensitive education, inclusion in teaching of different subjects and assessment for inclusive environment. Further, it also includes content on assistive technologies, digital resources for DIVYANG children etc. NCERT has developed guidelines on specific goal of developing teaching-learning e-content for Children with Special Needs. At Present the following contents in English and Hindi Medium in the form of Text, Video and Sign Language are available on DIKSHA Platform for the benefit of the Learners:
Following initiatives have also been undertaken by NIOS for creation of content for DIVYANG children:
The information was given by the Union Minister of Education, ShriDharmendraPradhanin a written reply in the LokSabha today.