- e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
National Digital Library of India
What to study?
For Prelims and Mains: NMEICT and NDLI- key features and significance.
Context: Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has launched National Digital Library of India project.
What is it?
National Digital Library of India (NDLI) is a project of the Ministry of Human Resource Development under the aegis of National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT).
It is developed by IIT Kharagpur.
Objective: The objective of NDL is to make digital educational resources available to all citizens of the country to empower, inspire and encourage learning.
- NDL is the Single Window Platform that collects and collates metadata from premier learning institutions in India and abroad, as well as other relevant sources.
- It is a digital repository containing textbooks, articles, videos, audio books, lectures, simulations, fiction and all other kinds of learning media.
- It makes quality learning resources available to all learners and has 1.7 Crore content from more than 160 sources, in over 200 languages.
- The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been envisaged as a Centrally Sponsored Schemeto leverage the potential of ICT, in teaching and learning process for the benefit of all the learners in Higher Education Institutions in any time anywhere mode.
- The Mission has two major components – providing connectivity, along with provision for access devices, to institutions and learners; and content generation.
- The Mission aims to extend computer infrastructure and connectivity to over 25000 colleges and 2000 polytechnics in the country including each of the departments of 419 universities/deemed universities and institutions of national importance as a part of its motto to provide connectivity up to last mile.
- LAN of up to 400 nodes on average has also been envisaged to be provided to the universities under the NMEICT scheme. The Mission, in addition to utilize the connectivity network of service providers, shall explore the possibility to provide connectivity utilizing Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), Virtual Private Network (VPN) and EduSat channels.