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Ajay Dwivedi, joint director, secondary education, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh was virtually thrilled today along with others at government school, Shahpur in Banka district.
Dwivedi who rushed to Banka from Uttar Pradesh to study Unnayan Banka, an initiative taken by Banka administration for providing quality education through modern techniques while targeting the hinterland students from poor background, was surprised to find the easy techniques in comparative low costs became boons for many in Maoist ravaged Banka district.
Government of UP is all set to adopt Unnayan Banka concept in the educational curriculum in the state, sent the team here for detail study for preparing a blue print.
“Influenced with this success story, UP government is scheduled to launch Banka model there, assigned us to conduct a visit to witness the ground realities at Banka which subsequently help for preparing the blue print,” pointed out Dwivedi.
Besides, Dwivedi the team consists of Prabhat Kumar Chourasia, a teacher in physics at Government Queen’s college, Varanasi and other technical staffs from education department which arrived Banka on March 12, conducted visits to different government schools to witness Unnayan Banka which envisages quality education for all especially at the bottom of the pyramid, using latest technologies along with ‘ Mera mobile –mera Vidyalaya’ a modern concept to make the education more easier through mobile phones.
“We are very much surprised to witness the silent revolution to ensure quality education to the students by Banka administration particularly in this poor and sleepy district. We already talked and shared our feelings to the concerned top ranking bureaucrats at Lucknow today. We will prepare the report and try to submit before the government of UP as soon as possible so that decision for adopt this concept could be possible,” Dwivedi acclaimed after visiting Government High school, Shahpur here. He appreciated much for the such innovative initiated by district magistrate, Banka, Kundan Kumar. “The illustration of such project and also making it success is really appreciable,” Dwivedi remarks for Kumar.
Visit of the team from UP is very relevant for Banka administration which now been been busy to prepare full details project to be published as a lead article in a proposed book on innovation would by launched by prime minister on civil services day on April 21, 2018 at New Delhi. Earlier on March 9, Jitendra Sihwag, joint secretary (D &D -1) department of administrative reforms & public grievances, Union government intimated Banka to compile details of innovation/ success stories along with notes and photographs besides asked to provide the impact of the innovation taken by Banka administration. It also asked to provide all required items latest by March 15 next.
Earlier on March 8 a team from prime minister’s office (PMO) consists of director, union coal ministry, Shershah and senior scientist from union ministry of power, S K Gupta visited Banka to know more about Unnayan Banka and ‘Mera mobile –mera vidalaya’ and were very much influenced to have interacted with students and concerned resource persons here. “We are highly influenced after taking with students and their guardians, mostly poor. They informed how miracles –interests in learning among the students have been increased. Besides the techniques adopted in the crash course was unique in its kind,” the technocrats from PMO appreciated recently.
Kumar said that presently the at 40 government run schools Unnayan cash course and capsule course, the multiplatform model in which students are getting modern day animated contextualized and comprehensive videos on various technical platforms like LCD/LED Tvs, projectors, laptops and especially on mobiles phones. Over more than 1000 students became direct beneficiaries of it, he said. “Keeping in view the high penetration of mobiles, quality education on mobile platform makes it ‘anytime-anywhere’ model popularly here in our Unnayan mission success,” he claimed.
“Unnayan Banka is a silent revolution which is swiftly changing the education landscape and it has immense potential to transform the way we learn and the way we teach,” hopefully said Anil Kumar Sharma, district education officer (DEO), Banka.
Many students in Maoists ravaged blocks like Belhar said how they became beneficiaries with the cash course which is provided to them by mobile vans to their villages, mostly inaccessible to reach. “The learning materials available on mobile phones are proving very fruitful for us,” said Rashmi, a poor student from Mukduma.