New Delhi: Now, you don't need no tuition, no textbook! Just a mouse.
Sakshat, the one-stop education portal of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, turned interactive on the 58th Republic Day, with subject experts for all key subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, English, Accountancy, Economics and Business Studies for Class XI and XII offering online tuition to students free of cost.
Sakshat was launched by the President of India on the October 30 this year. It's available at http://www.sakshat.gov.in or http://www.sakshat.ac.in or http://www.sakshat. ignou.ac. in/sakshat/index.aspx. The portal has been designed and developed with the help, cooperation and participation of Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi University, Indian Institute of Science, IITs, National Informatics Centre and other educational institutions.
According to HRD Ministry sources, the government is going to make available adequate number of teachers between 5 pm to 11 pm everyday to tutor students online and answer their queries. This unique feature is likely to be specially during the examination time by offering all kinds of solutions to the examinees, and thereby reduce their stress level.
A students can log on to the site and join in the class by clicking on the column "Interact" and selecting the option "Talk to a Teacher". This would open up subject-wise chat rooms. The learner may enter a chatroom where he or she would be able to find various other students and teachers already logged in. The student can ask any question or clarify any doubt by typing it in the relevant box and sending it to the chatroom.
Private chat with a teacher could also be used by the students in case he/she feels that others may laugh at the question itself. The HRD ministry proposed to increase the timings of availability of subject experts and the number of subjects dradually, depending on the demand.
Another feature which is likely to be introduced shortly is "Learn from Specific Professors" wherein some of the most renowned professors of the country have agreed to put their knowledge modules for guiding the students of the country.
The portal contains the four-quadrant approach to learning which, inter alia, includes written course material, animations, simulations, video lectures, related web links, question answers, confidence building measures and other details apart from a mechanism for maintaining the progress profile of learners on Saksat.
The other functionalities in the pipeline include availability of open source simulation software packages with a view to helping higher level students of Science, Engineering, Technology etc. in solving complicated mathematical, design or computational model problems.