Chief minister Neiphiu Rio launching the ‘digital smart boards’ initiative on Wednesday

Kohima: In a first of its kind, government colleges in Nagaland are all set to get ‘smart classrooms’ after chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday launched the state-wide interactive ‘digital smart boards’ project at Kohima Science College (Autonomous), Jotsoma.

Hoping that technology-enabled education will go a long way in improving the quality of education in the state, Rio lauded the department of higher education and information & technology for initiating the programme. With a positive outlook, Rio expressed hope that the introduction of ‘digital smart boards’ and ‘smart classrooms’ will lead to an interactive classroom environment leading to quality learning outcomes.

Rio added that it will be beneficial for both teachers and students. He added that it will allow differently-abled students to learn better with convenience and flexibility in the learning system.

Expressing hope that the modern educational facility will be availed of to the best advantage, he urged the teaching community and the students to utilise the available resources in the maximum way possible and to benefit from them. He noted that along with the introduction of technology in governance, geo tagging has also been enabled in schools, and that data with regard to deployment of teachers in various schools have been made public on a geo-spatial platform that ensures that the teachers are actually teaching in the schools.

Ranked as the top state in the national e-governance service delivery assessment at the recently concluded National e-Governance Conference in Mumbai, Rio said that the NeSDA report also ranked Nagaland in the top list of the Northeast & Hill states with the overall score of 0.47, with Assam at 0.28 in second and Manipur with a score of 0.23 in third.

Meanwhile, Minister of Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along said that this was a first of its kind in the North East. Lauding the successful launch of the interactive smart boards for smart classrooms, Along hoped that the new technological addition in the educational system will help built interactive relations between teachers and students. Besides imparting a new kind of knowledge, he hoped that it will aid students towards becoming smarter.

Later, taking to Twitter, he wrote “Historic Day for @mydhenagaland, Interactive Smart classrooms for all Govt colleges of Nagaland. Thank you @Neiphiu_Rio 4 your support and Leadership. The Future is here”.

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