The Karnataka government on Tuesday made an appeal to teachers, startups and others to contribute content for a proposed YouTube channel to keep engaged students who have been forced to remain indoors due to the nationwide lockdown.
The lockdown that was implemented to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, saw most state governments cancel school examinations and announce early summer holidays for children.
S.Suresh Kumar, Karnataka's school education minister, said the YouTube channel is likely to be launched in 7-10 days.
"The channel aims to give the best possible content to students that ignites their creative passion," the minister said in a statement.
The education department is attempting to engage children who are forced to remain indoors as the covid-19 crisis led to the cancellation of all summer camps and other holiday-related activities for students.
"Since these are holidays, the content we are looking for is more co-curricular," Reju.M.T, State Project Director for Rashtriya Madhamika
Shikshana Abhiyana, a government sponsored programme.
The education department is hoping to collect and curate quality content that will be about an hour or two long and will be uploaded every day.
Reju says that there could be challenges like quality of content and quality of the video since most teachers would be sending their inputs from their homes.
Teachers will be trained on lighting, speed of speech and other aspects to enable better quality home productions.
Reju said that they are trying to create content that is suitable to engage students across grades.
Online learning startups have already started offering free content on their platforms.
“We believe that this will be a great opportunity for Simplilearn as well to contribute to this venture," Krishna Kumar, Founder and CEO, Simplilearn, said.
As there are many engineering and management institutions across cities in Karnataka, free courses on the Simplilearn app will be suitable content, he added.
Various edtech initiatives by companies have already been making inroads to increase accessibility and equip learners with the right skills across the state and country.
Vamsi Krishna, CEO and Co-founder, Vedantu, an interactive online tutoring platform, said that it can provide all existing lecture videos from Grade 1-12, JEE & NEET, and concept videos.
"While our content is mostly in Hindi and English, we could also look to provide dubbed content in regional languages in order to support the Karnataka state education department in this initiative," Krishna said.
Zishaan Hayath, CEO and co-founder of edtech company Toppr said that all their video lectures, across CBSE and Karnataka board, are available for free.