Taking forward its programme on digital literacy, the Maharashtra government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Infosys, an IT major. Varsha Gaikwad, the state education minister, met with the senior officials of Infosys to enter into a formal agreement for the ‘Springboard’ programme. Digital literacy and reskilling are the main objectives of this programme.
Gaikwad stated in a media release that Infosys will provide learning management systems for monitoring and deliver course materials for students and teachers. Students will be able to access additional industry-oriented courses along with regular course material. Courses for reskilling and upskilling will be available for teachers.
Sr vice president and global head (educational training and assessment) of Infosys - Tirumala Arohi, programme manager of Springboard - Santhosh Ananthapura, Victor Sundaraj, Seema Acharya, and Manorama Bhoi, were part of the delegation that met the education minister Gaikwad.
The Infosys team has been requested to help the state education department’s plans of augmenting the digital infrastructure in government schools. Gaikwad said that the state has set up the Maharashtra State Education technology Forum as an open platform for free exchange of ideas on the use of technology to enhance learning and assessment. She also stated that computer labs, robotics labs, and language labs, are being set up in government schools as part of the government’s school transformation mission. She expressed her happiness on the positive interest shown by Infosys in helping with the state government’s initiatives.
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