Vivekdisha – An ICT-Based Network
VIVEKDISHA, a unique service activity of the Ramakrishna Mission is an information and communication technology (ICT)–based network of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute. It provides single window–based services like online education from secondary to undergraduate level, online teachers’ training, Spiritual Heritage programmes, teachers’ workshops and research programmes. It supports students, teachers and researchers through its interactive website. During 2019-20, Vivekdisha served more than 16000 students through its multimedia-based interactive online classes which were held six days per week.
The regular programmes of VIVEKDISHA are run in 25 remote centres and are monitored from the University’s Expert Centre at Belur Math.
- Online Classes:
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Value Education, and Communicative English for students of the level of classes six to twelve are taught mostly through multimedia presentations i.e., through texts, pictures, animations, real visual clips, video recordings from laboratory or operation theatres to make teaching-learning process more effective, joyful and fruitful.
The medium of instruction is Bangla and English. VIVEKDISHA also facilitates conducting chemistry and economics classes for under-graduate students from USA and UK.
- Other Facilities provided by the VIVEKDISHA Website:
The VIVEKDISHA web-site facilitates students of schools, colleges, and universities to take practice tests in different subjects at various levels. The questions are set in English and other Indian languages as well. Some edited videos of the online classes and some projects on various science subjects are available on the web-site. A 360 0 Studio provides a panoramic view of any place. It also provides an e-library which is a repository of valuable books with pictures, supporting documents, and important information.
- Content Generation:
The contents of the multimedia presentations of different science subjects at the school and college levels were developed in Bangla or in English in order to fulfil the needs at local, national, and international (for Bangladesh students) levels. The content of the lessons was developed, based on the syllabi of the Boards of education of various states as well as the Central Board. Concept building and integrating different topics with the context of the lessons have been the main focus point of content generation.
- Spiritual Heritage Programme for International Audiences:
VIVEKDISHA fulfills the spiritual need of the devotees residing abroad by enabling them to log in to the online classes from their homes. At present bilingual classes on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna) and Srimad-Bhagavad-Gita are conducted to which people from United Arab Emeritus, United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany regularly log in.
- Preparation of Integrated Science Text-books Incorporating Contemporary Research Findings:
VIVEKDISHA has prepared the contents for four books in Bangla which facilitates the building up of the fundamental concepts of science among students with an integrated approach, relating to various other subjects.
- Values Education:
Students of various age groups were exposed to multimedia presentations depicting the universal message of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, along with a facility for interactive discussion.
Page updated on: 3 Jan 2022