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Google, NCERT partner for internet safety training in schools


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development & management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: NCERT, digital citizenship

Mains level: Rising use of internet and threats emerging from it

Course on ‘digital citizenship and safety’

  1. Google and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) have signed a pact to integrate a course on ‘digital citizenship and safety’ in information and communication technology curriculum
  2. NCERT has curriculum on IT and communication technologies embedded in teachers training programme
  3. The curriculum developed by NCERT in collaboration with Google will be used to train students from class I to class XII across 1.4 million schools in India

Components of curriculum

  1. The curriculum is spread into four themes—being smart, being safe, being a digital citizen and being future ready
  2. This will help student identify good content and bad content
  3. In advance classes, it will focus on privacy, device management, intellectual property and reputation management


National Council of Educational Research and Training

  1. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is an autonomous organisation of the Government of India established on 1 September 1961
  2. It is registered as a literary, scientific and charitable Society under the Societies’ Registration Act (Act XXI of 1860)
  3. The NCERT was established with the agenda to design and support a common system of education which is national in character and also enables and encourages the diverse culture across the country
  4. It is separate from the National Council for Teacher Education
  5. National Curriculum Framework: The council came up with a new National Curriculum Framework in 2005, drafted by a National Steering Committee. This exercise was based on 5 guiding principles:
  • connecting knowledge to life outside school
  • a shift from the rote method of learning
  • enriching the curriculum for the overall development of children so that it goes beyond textbooks
  • making examinations flexible and integrating them into classroom life and
  • nurturing an identity informed by caring concerns
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