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The Ministry of Education announced its selection of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to revamp the Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing (DIKSHA), the country’s national education technology platform. The move aims to bring advanced technological capabilities to the education sector and enhance the learning experience for students and educators nationwide.
“We have transformed and migrated DIKSHA onto Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI),” said Shailender Kumar, senior vice-president and regional managing director, Oracle India and NetSuite Asia Pacific and Japan, during the briefing.
The Ministry of Education’s decision to migrate DIKSHA to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is set to bring transformative changes to the educational landscape of India. By modernizing the national education technology platform, DIKSHA will become more accessible and witness a reduction in IT costs.
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“We need to embrace modern tools and technology to make education more easily available and securely accessible to everyone,” said Indu Kumar, head of department, ICT and Training, Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), ministry of education.
With a widespread reach, DIKSHA currently serves 1.48 million schools in all of India’s 35 states and union territories, offering content in 36 Indian languages. As part of the multi-year collaboration agreement, OCI will work alongside the Ministry of Education to extend DIKSHA’s educational resources to millions more students, teachers, and collaborators across the country.
DIKSHA, powered by the open-source platform Sunbird developed by the EkStep Foundation, stands as one of India’s most successful Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) initiatives. It caters to school education and foundational learning programs, empowering teachers to facilitate inclusive learning for underserved and disabled learners nationwide.
Over 200 million students and seven million teachers, representing both government and private schools, have access to a vast pool of content contributed by over 11,000 sources.
Each day, users of the platform stream an impressive 1.2 petabytes of text and video content from renowned organizations like the National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs).
DIKSHA to introduce AI Chatbots for Students
DIKSHA is exploring the idea of introducing AI chatbots to benefit students, according to Indu Kumar, National Coordinator, DIKSHA. Originally, the plan was to launch them on the 29th of this month, but it seems there might be a slight delay. Indu Kumar anticipates that the chatbots will be rolled out within the next month or two. The intention behind this initiative is to provide a personalized learning experience for the students, demonstrating DIKSHA’s commitment to tailoring education to individual needs.