In the upcoming Financial Budget 2014-15, Modi Government’s first budget may invest in virtual class room project to provide better education to students in schools and higher secondary schools/Colleges in villages and small towns. The project is likely to get initiated with an initial funding of Rs 100 Crore. Modi government’s purpose was outlined during President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the Joint session of Parliament. “It (government) will setup Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) & Virtual Classrooms”, President had said.
According to a source the move is a step forward in achieving the new government’s agenda of digitalization of the development process. During General Lok Sabha elections 2014, BJP in its manifesto, had promised to set up Open Online Courses & Virtual Classrooms so as to create feasibility for the working class & housewives to help them gain more knowledge & qualifications.
The party had said it would launch a national programme for Digital Empowerment through cyber literacy of the people, especially the youth. Also, BJP had said that if it comes into power, it would set up regional ‘Kisan TV’ channels. Thereby, the finance minister is also likely to announce India’s first ever exclusive channel solely dedicated to farmers, expected to be named either Krishi Channel or Kisan Channel. It is likely to function 24 hours a day.