In recent years, many states and central government initiatives have sought to strengthen teachers' capabilities to provide meaningful guidance to help students reach their full potential.
Teachers play a central role in children's education, so they need easy access to educational and learning resources and professional development opportunities. Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing (DIKSHA) is an initiative to implement solutions and empower teachers with innovations on a large scale to positively impact their professional lives. DIKSHA has more than 10 million teachers.
About Diksha National Teacher Platform
The DIKSHA-oriented National Teacher Platform (NTP) is an innovation of India's Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD). It is a state-of-the-art platform designed to host Open Education Resources (OER) and tools for school teachers, teacher training institutes (TEI) teacher educators, and TEI student teachers.
It was created with the entire teacher life cycle in mind, from registering a student-teacher with TEI to retiring as a teacher. The platform is continually evolving repeatedly based on user requirements and stakeholder feedback.
- DIKSHA empowers and enables the national virtual infrastructure for teachers. All teachers are well-equipped with contemporary digital technology. The DIKSHA portal enables, accelerates, and expands solutions in the field of teacher education.
- This initiative helps teachers connect with the teacher community by creating training content, profiles, educational resources, rating tools, news, and presentations.
- State, government, and even private organizations can incorporate DIKSHA into their teachers' initiatives based on their goals, needs, and capabilities.
Teachers can use the features of DIKSHA to create:
- In-Class Resources
- Teacher Training Content
- Assessment Tools
- Teacher Profiles
- News and Announcements
- Teacher Communities
These features arose from consultations with more than 30 public and private organizations working with multiple state governments, NGOs, and contributors.
The Scope of DIKSHA
DIKSHA is intended for teachers at all levels of school education - kindergarten, elementary school, high school, junior high school, and senior secondary school. All institutions, individuals, and groups can register as members of the DIKSHA NTP. The DIKSHA app can also be downloaded from the Google Play Store and used on mobile phones.
- One of the main goals of the NTP is to create a common archive of OERs that is easily accessible to all teachers across the country.
- It can host openly licensed content and resources using open and free repositories such as the National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) and other sources.
- It also includes content focused on developing teacher skills, knowledge, and attitudes. It contains a database of open-licensed educational content that teachers can use as classroom exercises and reference materials, or as a preparation for lessons and student evaluations. The material is contextualized in the local language and mapped to the curriculum.
- Portal content types include activities, videos, animations, interactive elements, lesson plans, charts, textbooks, exercises, and various other resources.
- All institutions, groups, and individuals working on the topics can register as members of the platform and contribute to creating, maintaining, and using resources.
- Evaluation for teachers is available to find their strengths and areas for improvement anytime, anywhere.
FAQs about Diksha National Teacher Platform
Q.1. What are the salient features of DIKSHA?
Following are some of the features:
- Courses for teachers to promote continuous learning
- Resources for use in the classroom, score and progress dashboard, etc.
- A community for discussion and collaboration
Q.2. Who implemented DIKSHA?
Diksha was implemented by the Ministry of Human Resources Development of India (MHRD).
Q.3. What is the DIKSHA full form?
DIKSHA stands for Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing.