Nagaland tops NeSDA in NE: Rio

Nagaland tops NeSDA in NE: Rio
Neiphu Rio. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/4/2020 12:32:34 PM IST

Digital smart board for smart classrooms launched at KSC 

Nagaland topped in the North Eastern and Hill States category in National e-governance Service Delivery Assessment (NeSDA) with 0.47 points, followed by Assam and Manipur with 0.28 and 0.23 scores respectively. This was announced in National e-Governance Conference in Mumbai recently.

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio informed this during the launch of Statewide Interactive Digital Smart Board for Smart Classrooms at Kohima Science College (KSC), Jotsoma on Wednesday. 

Addressing the gathering, Rio acknowledged efforts of higher& technical education and tribal affairs minister Temjen lmna Along for taking keen interest in the project, stressing that use of smart boards and smart classrooms resulted in curtailing teaching costs and helped reduce expenditure on teaching materials and aid.

He claimed that implementation of biometric attendance systems installed in almost all State government departments and directorates, monitoring of flagship programmes through use of technology, CM Dashboard for proper monitoring of schemes, etc, had led Nagaland to top the States in NeSDA.

He asserted that the focus of PDA government was improving governance and ensuring that the departments functioned with transparency and accountability. Accordingly and to leverage information technology for good governance, the chief minister said all departments had updated their websites, besides his government was also ensuring that all departments had presence on social media platforms, especially on Facebook and Twitter, through which the departments were communicating with citizens.

Besides introduction of technology in governance, Rio claimed his government was also focusing on improving education by leveraging technology and had enabled Geo-tagging of schools and data with regard to deployment of teachers in various schools, which were also made public on a Geo spatial platform that would ensure that the teachers actually taught in the schools.

He pointed out that digital classroom solutions had the potential of enabling live, distance communication learning and education that could also be used for live webinars and lectures.

He exuded confidence that the teachers and students would make full use of the facility and make learning more modern and fun.  

While congratulating the higher education and information technology departments and all those associated with the project for making the dream of technology-enabled education a reality in the classrooms, Rio hoped this would go a long way in improving the quality of education in the State.

Hoping that the teachers would be able to deliver technology-enabled dynamic and interactive lessons in classroom, he called for making good use of the facilities and set an example so that this could spread to rest of the State.

In his brief address, Along acknowledged principals and faculties of all government colleges for their cooperation and the students for believing in the government and system.

He said the project was first of its kind in the Northeast where government had taken the initiative under CSR programme and assured that the project was not manipulated or corrupt.

He said despite numerous challenges, nine government colleges were assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), while Sao Chang College, Tuensang and Zunheboto Government College would be assessed in mid-March.

The minister appealed to all legislators and district heads to give importance to higher and technical education to build the State’s future.

Along informed the gathering that the higher & technical education and tribal affairs departments were working hard to give best service to the people, adding that higher and technical education department would no longer remain the same.

He claimed that there were no backdoor and contractual appointments in the higher & technical education department since March 2018 and that even the maintenance and scholarship funds were also not siphoned off or used for any other purpose.

Higher education additional director Dr Abeni Lotha delivered the welcome address.

Host of ministers, advisers, MLAs, senior government officials and KCK principal and staff were present on the occasion. 


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