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ULLAS: Nav Bharat Saksharta Karyakram

 

Source: PIB

 Context: On the 3rd anniversary of NEP 2020, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, launched the mobile application of ULLAS: Nav Bharat Saksharta Karyakram (or ULLAS app).

  

Aim:

  • It aims to provide widespread access to basic literacy and critical life skills by leveraging technology.
  • It serves as a digital gateway for learners to access diverse learning resources through the DIKSHA portal of NCERT.

Focus areas: The initiative focuses on promoting functional literacy, vocational skills, financial literacy, legal literacy, digital literacy, and empowerment of citizens for nation-building.

 

Implementation:

  • The initiative operates through volunteerism. It encourages volunteers to participate in DUTY or Kartavya Bodh towards nation-building.
  • Student volunteers will be incentivised with credits in school/university and appreciation through certificates, letters of appreciation, and felicitation, among other means.
  • ULLAS targets citizens aged 15 and above who missed the opportunity to attend school, bridging the gaps in education.
  • The initiative has the potential to bring these students back to learning by providing them with an open-source learning platform.

According to government data, more than 12 lakh students are out of school in the year 2022-23 with the number of boys greater than girls.

Significance: The logo and slogan of “ULLAS: Nav Bharat Saksharta Karyakram” symbolize the campaign’s enthusiasm and the light of knowledge spreading across the nation.