ULLAS-Nav Bharat Saaksharta Karyakram

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Recently, Ladakh has become the first administrative unit to achieve full functional literacy under the ULLAS-Nav Bharat Saaksharta Karyakram (New India Literacy Program).

About ULLAS-Nav Bharat Saaksharta Karyakram:

  • The Understanding Lifelong Learning for All in Society (ULLAS) is a centrally sponsored scheme implemented from 2022-2027.
  • The scheme aligns with the recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
  • Aim: It aims to empower those adults aged 15 years and above from all backgrounds who could not get due schooling and mainstream them with society to be able to contribute more to the growth story of the country.
  • The scheme consists of five components
    • Foundational Literacy and Numeracy,
    • Critical Life Skills,
    • Basic Education,
    • Vocational Skills, and
    • Continuing Education.
  • The ULLAS app can be used for registration of learners and volunteers either through self-registration or by surveyors.
    • It will serve as a digital gateway for learners to engage in diverse learning resources through the DIKSHA portal of NCERT.

What is the DIKSHA portal?

  • It is a national platform for school education, an initiative of the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT), Ministry of Education.
  • It provides e-content for schools via an online portal and a mobile application.
  • It was developed based on the core principles of open architecture, open access, open licensing, choice and autonomy.
  • It is built on open-source technology that is made in India and for India, incorporating internet-scale technologies and allowing for a variety of use cases and solutions for teaching and learning.
  • Features
    • The core building blocks of DIKSHA comprise majority of National Digital Education Architecture (NDEAR) building blocks, having enabled some successful use-cases of NDEAR such as energised textbooks, online courses, content authoring, content sourcing, interactive quizzes, question banks, chatbot, analytics and dashboard.
    • To aid teaching and learning for Children With Special Needs (CWSN), a large number of audiobooks, ISL (Indian Sign Language) Videos, and a Dictionary have been made available on DIKSHA for CWSN.

Q1: What is National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)?

It is an organisation set up in 1961 by the Government of India to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education.

Source: Ladakh Achieves Full Functional Literacy