Need to bridge digital divide: LG

Need to bridge digital divide: LG
File Photo of Manoj Sinha

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday launched AICTE’s Personal & Institutional Happiness Index App - “YourOneLife-YOL”, at the Convention Center, Jammu. He said there was a need to bridge the digital divide and create a fine balance for online tools and value-based offline education.

The ‘YourOneLife’ is a “Made in India” app that will show the index of personal and institutional happiness and around 12000 Higher Educational Institutions and more than 50 lakh students will benefit from it.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor congratulated the educational institutions, students, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrbudhe, Chairman, AICTE and the founding team of Yogesh Kochhar and Anoop Bansal, who are associated with AICTE.

The Lt Governor noted that consistent technological interventions and fast connectivity have revolutionized almost every aspect of human life. Today, there is hardly any area where the digital revolution has not reached, he added. “Technology is a great enabler. We need to bridge the digital divide and create a fine balance for online tools and value-based offline education”, said the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor emphasised the need for creating a system where Digital and Natural rivers do not compete but complement each other.

“As in the old days, the way civilization and markets developed on the banks of natural rivers, in the 21st century, we can see a complete civilization on the banks of the Digital River. All the technology companies and social media giants have become symbols of new civilization, power and mobility, he added.

Five years ago, no one could have imagined that all the public related services would be available sitting at home. Despite Covid, schools, universities, colleges were running with the help of software, the Lt Governor said. The Lt Governor observed that new technology has created conveniences but it depends on how the user uses it. “More power has come in our hands. And it is very important to think how the young generation uses this power”, he asserted.

As all the higher educational institutions belonging to All India Council for Technical Education are preparing themselves for the post-covid world, both externally and internally, the launch of ‘YourOneLife’ app is a significant step towards a stress-free campus and a stress-free student in this transitory period, the Lt Governor said.

The Lt Governor also urged All India Council for Technical Education to consider institutionalizing the rankings of Happiest Colleges in the country, as it is done in America where 25 top performers are selected from different states.

“There is an ancient saying that happiness is the real wealth and if you are happy on campus then your performance will increase tremendously”, said the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor expressed gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for laying special emphasis on maintaining an equal balance between technology and moral values in the New Education Policy and working tirelessly to make Yoga and Fitness an integral part of our lives, said the statement.

Under his guidance, the reforms are being made in the education sector with a dedicated focus on training students in the technology of Industry 4.0 through Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, BlockChain, Big Data Analysis, 3D, Virtual Reality, Quality and Ethical Values Education, added the Lt Governor.

“An important thing has been recommended in the new education policy is that students should be educated according to their interest. Focus has been laid to inculcate the balance required in studies and professional life in the daily routine of all students and professionals”, he added. The Lt Governor said that the initiatives like ‘Your One Life App’ and New Education Policy is a combination of both digital and natural rivers which will emphasize on the holistic well being of all the students.

Human capital is the biggest asset in the knowledge economy today. We must utilize our human capital for the progress of the country, the Lt Governor noted. The Lt Governor thanked Prof Phoebe Koundouri from the University of Athens who is also the Co-Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Network, Europe for conveying her greetings and profound message and acknowledging the launch of the happiness app from Jammu and Kashmir.

He hoped that her support will be an inspiration for the “YourOneLife-YOL” team, motivating them to bring real joy to the lives of the students.

Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, speaking on the occasion highlighted the key features and benefits of the happiness app. He said, “Your One Life is a tool that collates, calibrates and celebrates Happiness. He also threw light on the efforts of AICTE in improving technical education in various educational institutions across the country through capacity building of teachers, student interaction programs besides promoting universal human values.

Speaking on the occasion, the founder of the app, Yogesh Kochhar said, “This app will redefine ‘USERS’ and ‘USAGE’ and will show to the user in a fascinating manner, their own ‘MINDMAP’ and ‘MINDSHARE’. It maps and manages the user’s stress and happiness levels. We will be building a unique blockchain with all the users and institutions as our ‘partners’ and not mere ‘users’, he added. Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh & President, Federation of Self Financing Technical Institutions (FSFTI), besides a large number of students and people from different walks of life were present during the launch of the App.

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