Assessment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) @ School Scheme in Jammu and Kashmir: An Evaluative study

Showkat Ahmad Rather

Abstract


The study is intended to appraise ICT@ School scheme in Jammu and Kashmir launched by the Government of India in 2004 with an assignment to devise, catalyse and maintain Information and Communication Technology and ICT enabled activities and processes for improving access, excellence and competence in the school organization.  Information Communication Technology (ICT) has contributed greatly to the improvement of education in schools globally. The use of Information and Communication Technology has fundamentally changed the education industry and the way knowledge is being transmitted from teachers to the students’ (Haghighi and Eskandari 2012). The Government of India has taken a number of measures for implementing ICT in school education. The investigator has followed documentation technique for analyzing the data gathered from Ministry of Human Resource Development government of India, Education statistics of India, Census 2011 and DISE (Education Report Card). The findings of the study revealed that in spite of the initiatives taken by the government at Centre, the provision for incentives like national ICT award for teachers, the state government failed to implement the scheme.  The centre government has approved smart schools and released funds but per contra to this, the state government requested for the cancellation of schools and returned the funds. The results revealed some contrary and mixed results as well. The results also shows that government at centre is committed to implement ICT@ School Scheme in the country as a whole but the state government of Jammu and Kashmir is not serious and dedicated towards the implementation of the scheme. The analysis reveals that the scheme is sufficient to influence and improve the Indian education system.


Keywords


Information and Communication Technology, Implementation of ICT, DISE, ICT@ School Scheme.

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