“Sakshat: A one-stop education portal” 11-January, 2012
The learners can access the e-learning contents from the portal free of cost
Prof. Uma Kanjilal, Director, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi was the chief guest in the National Weekly Discussion envisaged by MHRD through A-VIEW on January 11, 2012. While addressing the participants about Sakshat portal and its potential, Prof. Uma highlighted that Sakshat is a one-stop education portal. “Sakshat portal addresses the educational requirements of learners from Kindergarten to PhD. All the e-learning contents would be disseminated through Sakshat portal free of cost,” she said.
The portal, developed by eGyanKosh of IGNOU, was launched by the then President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on October 2006. For more details, log on to - www.sakshat.ac.in
Prof. Uma added that eminent experts from various universities, research institutions and higher education centers’ are contributing in content creation for Sakshat portal.
The portal has five functional modules:
“Learners can explore knowledge repository available on the net in the form of e-books, e-journals, digital repository, digital library etc. Most of the sources are open source material.”
“It is meant for scholarship holders at national and state levels to keep track of their progress. Besides, it keep them informed about various scholarship opportunities through news feeds and announcements.”
“Learners can horn their skills and enrich knowledge through online testing, skill upgradation tools, and guided learning environment.”
“Links are provided to various Olympiad sites to help them in testing and upgrading their capabilities to face competitive examinations in life.”
“It is an ideal platform for the learners to interact with faculties, mentors and peer group in real time or asynchronously. Tools provided for interaction includes, e-mail, weblogging, webcasting, online chat, discussion forum. Other facilities include career counseling and a platform for uploading content and quiz by teachers.”
The portal also provides educational news, examination alerts, sample papers and other useful links available on the web.
The portal offers various online courses under Spoken tutorials and NPTEL programs. The topics have been divided into four quadrants i.e. e-content, web resources, e-tutor and self-assessment.
Around 15 Universities including Punjab Technical University, Barkatullah University, The Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) University and Goa University attended the online interaction.
A-VIEW is an E-Learning platform, developed by Amrita University's E-Learning Research Lab, which is state-of-the-art software for distance education and collaboration. It is available for free to all the educational institutes across India, and can be downloaded from website address, www.aview.in or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org