eneral Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps Lt Gen DP Pandey Monday inaugurated “Digitisation of 10 Army Goodwill Schools (AGSs) of Kashmir Valley” at AGS, Boniyar in north Kashmir district of Baramulla.
The Indian Army in collaboration with Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) as the Corporate Social Responsibility partner and iDreams as the project implementation partner, had undertaken the project of upgradation and digitisation of classrooms in ten AGSs of Kashmir Valley, Public Relations Officer (PRO) Defence Col Emron Musavi said Monday evening.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function, the GoC Pandey said that people of Kashmir need not to worry about the situation on LoC. “There would be a little bit of mischief on the LoC but troops are well prepared to deal with the same,” he said.
Pandey said that the aim was to upgrade the existing instructional infrastructure and improve the teaching and learning process by means of Smart Classes in these AGSs. The project included 128 classrooms being provided with interactive boards, IT paraphernalia and 424 Data Tabs, intended to revolutionise the teaching process by going beyond the realms of traditional style.
He said the key aspects of classrooms 2.0 are enjoyable learning process, improved student engagement, enhanced as the CSR partner, collaboration, attractive graphics, better instructional materials and ability to cater to all learning styles.
He said a total of 16 Army Goodwill Schools out of a total of 28 have been digitized till date. The balance 12 schools are being planned to be upgraded in the coming years, so that all the children studying in AGSs of the Kashmir valley can enjoy the benefits of the latest teaching techniques.
Though the project had been successfully executed in December 2020 however, the COVID pandemic restricted the student attendance to schools for almost a year. During the pandemic period , Data Tabs provided to the teaching staff proved to be of immense utility. The COVID threat having now reduced and schools likely to re-open soon, new instructional tools await the students who will benefit by the digitisation process undertaken in AGSs.
Lt Gen Pandey, while speaking to staff & students of AGS Boniyar at the event, said by digitization of the AGSs, the students will greatly benefit since they will have access to modern learning tools and techniques. He appreciated the efforts of PGCIL and iDreams in extending valuable contribution in digitizing the schools. The event was attended by military and civil officials. PGCIL representatives, VK Singh, Director, Personnel, Kailash Rathore, Executive Director, Sanjay Kumar Verma, DGM and Puneet Goyal, CEO, iDreams attended the event.
Col Musavi said in present day Kashmir, AGSs are the epitome of quality education, imparting knowledge and values to the students. The quality infrastructure, diverse co-curriculum and focused educational mechanism have been the benchmark of the AGSs.
He said over the years, the academic results of AGSs have shown a steady growth, which is testimony to the whole hearted efforts of the dedicated staff employed in the schools. The systematic approach adopted towards overall development of students has ensured that they carve a niche for themselves in the society. With the inception and impact of technology in education, Indian Army has incorporated innovative changes in the existing learning and teaching methodology. The schools will open once the COVID threat subsides. The new instructional tools now await the students who will accrue the benefits of the digitization process undertaken by the AGSs.