HRD Ministry Releases Guidelines For Online Education ‘Pragyata’, Check Details

Last Modified: 19 May 2024

The Union HRD ministry has recommended a cap on the screen time for students.

On Tuesday 14th July 2020, the Union HRD Ministry has released the guidelines for Digital Education Program “Pragyata”. As per the officials, the ministry has recommended a cap on the screen time for students that can help balance screen time allowed for various classes of school students. As per the new online education guidelines, online classes for pre-primary students should not be conducted for more than 30 minutes. While, the two online sessions of up to 30-45 minutes each should be conducted for classes 1 to 8 and four sessions for classes 9 to 12. The Ministry claims that these guidelines are important, especially amidst the current times of COVID-19 pandemic, where education industry faces a huge loss.

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HRD Minister Tweeted About the Announcement

Yesterday evening, HRD Minister tweeted, “Introducing ‘PRAGYATA’: Guidelines on #DigitalEducation for school heads, teachers, parents, and students containing recommended screen time for children, tips on coping with mental/physical stress during #DigitalLearning & more. Stay tuned for more details.”

The PRAGYATA guidelines include eight steps of online education that is, Plan, Review, Arrange, Guide, Yak(talk), Assign, Track, and Appreciate.

The HRD Minister also added, “To mitigate the impact of the pandemic, schools will not only have to remodel and re-imagine the way teaching and learning have happened so far, but will also need to introduce a suitable method of delivering quality education through a healthy mix of schooling at home and schooling at school”.

In addition, “The guidelines have been developed from the perspective of learners, with a focus on online, blended, digital education for students who are presently at home due to the lockdown. These guidelines on digital education provide a roadmap or pointers for carrying forward online education to enhance the quality of education”.

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Details Mentioned on the “Pragyata” Guidelines

The announced “Pragyata” guidelines outline the suggestions for administrators, teachers, school heads, parents, and students in the following areas:

  • Need proper assessment
  • Concerns while planning digital education like duration, screen time, inclusiveness, balanced online and offline activities, etc level-wise
  • Modalities of involvement including resource duration, level-wise delivery, etc.
  • Physical, mental health, and wellbeing during digital education
  • Cyber safety and ethical practices including precautions and measures for maintaining cyber safety

Screen Time Caps Recommended for School Students

According to the ‘Pragyata’ Guidelines, HRD Ministry has suggested a cap on screen time of different classes as a part of their online learning through digital classrooms. The guidelines show that for pre-primary school students, the screen time should be limited to 30 minutes per day. While, for students of 1st to 8th Class, two online sessions of up to 30-45 minutes each should be conducted, and lastly for Classes 9th to 12th, four sessions of up to 30-45 minutes each have been recommended.