"Pragyata" : Digital Education Guidelines - Released by HRD Ministry

"Pragyata" : Digital Education Guidelines: The Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has released PRAGYATA Guidelines on Digital Education through online in New Delhi.  The guidelines will be relevant and useful for a diverse set of stakeholders including school heads, teachers, parents, teacher educators and students.


Pragyata Digital Education Guidelines Release by HRD Ministry



Implementation of Digital Education:

Keeping overall development of students in mind, the online class transaction time may be followed as recommended:

1. Pre Primary: not more than 30 minutes.
2. Classes 1 to 8: not more than two sessions of 30-45 minutes each on the days.
3. Classes 9 to 12: not more than four sessions of  30-45 minutes on each of the days.

In this regard, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ tweeted, “Introducing ‘PRAGYATA’: Guidelines on #DigitalEducation for school heads, teachers, parents, and students containing recommended screen time for children, tips on coping with mental/physical stress during #DigitalLearning & more. Stay tuned for more details.”






The PRAGYATA guidelines include eight steps of online/ digital learning that is,

1. Plan
2. Review
3. Arrange
4. Guide
5. Yak(talk)
6. Assign
7. Track
8. Appreciate.

The Guidelines Says:  " While digital or online education cannot replace classroom learning, it has some advantages. It allows flexible and personalized learning at the speed of the learner and one can continuously augment and expand content through digital means. The rapid increase in internet penetration and various government initiatives such as Digital India campaign have created a conducive environment for moving towards digital education. "

The guideline further reads " This shall be complemented by the recent launch of PM e-Vidya by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), a national campaign which will unify all efforts related to digital/online/on-air education. This includes, DIKSHA (one nation – one digital platform), TV (one class-one channel), SWAYAM (online MOOCS on various topics), IITPAL (platform for exam preparation), AIR (through community radio and CBSE Shiksha Vani podcast) and study materials for differently abled students developed by NIOS. All these areas of e-learning shall be expanded and developed further in a systematic and unified manner by the MHRD in a phased manner. "


The guidelines outline suggestions for administrators, school heads, teachers, parents, and students in the following areas:

1. Need assessment;
2. Concerns while planning online and digital education like duration, screen time, inclusiveness, balanced online and offline activities, etc level-wise;
3. Modalities of intervention including resource curation, level-wise delivery, etc.;
4. Physical, mental health, and wellbeing during digital education;
5. Cyber safety and ethical practices including precautions and measures for maintaining cyber safety.
6. Collaboration and convergence with various initiatives.


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