Ministry of Human Resource and Development has announced the National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) scheme to increase better results in higher education. According to the official update, this scheme has been launched under the Public-Private Partnership model (PPP). Educating the youth is a responsibility and MHRD proposes to make a National Alliance with such technology developing EdTech organizations by introducing a PPP model. Under the National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) Scheme, HRD Ministry would act as a facilitator and will be accountable to enable fair and free accessibility technology-oriented academic solutions for a huge number of economically backward students. The scheme is conceptualized under which technology will be utilized for better learning results in Higher Education. This will be enabled by the ministry, by setting up a dedicated NEAT portal which will utilize Artificial Intelligence to make learning more customised and personalised according to the prerequisites of the student.
This needs the development of technologies in learning to address the diversity of students.
HRD Ministry will bring various technology-driven educational projects under one standard of the NEAT portal from where a huge number of students will have the option to take advantage of it.
There are various start-up companies building up this and MHRD might want to recognise such efforts and bring them under a platform with the goal that students/learners can use it effectively.
Major highlights of the scheme:-
- MHRD would act as a facilitator to make sure that the solutions are freely accessible to a huge number of economically backward students.
- All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) would be the executing agency for the NEAT programme.
- The scheme will be controlled under the direction of an Apex Committee constituted by MHRD.
- Independent Expert Committees will be constituted for assessing and choosing the EdTech solutions.
- MoUs would be signed with the shortlisted EdTech organizations.
- EdTech organizations would be in charge of developing technologies and administer the registration of students through the NEAT portal. They will be allowed to charge a fee according to their policy.
- In order to make a contribution towards the National cause, they will have to offer free coupons to the extent of 25% of the total enrollments for their solution through National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) portal.
- MHRD would be distributing such free coupons for learning to the most socially/economically backward students.
- MHRD would make and keep up a National NEAT platform that would act as one-stop access to these technological solutions.
- Awareness programmes would be conducted by MHRD to create awareness of the NEAT solutions for students and teachers.
- MHRD proposes to launch and operationalise National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) Scheme towards the beginning of November 2019.