Due to COVID-19 pandemic, online classes have now become the norm everywhere. Recently, Google has teamed up with the Maharashtra government to allow 2.3 crore students, as well as teachers, access its blended learning programmes which are based on classroom approach and online learning. Intending to facilitate distance learning, Google wants to install free tools such as Google Meet, Google Classroom, and G Suite for education.
Sanjay Gupta, the Country Head and Vice-President, Google India mentioned that because of COVID-19 pandemic, more than 32 crore children across the country had been affected by the closure of schools. Thus, access to quality education has become even more critical.
With this new development, the department of school education will be providing individual students and educators with their respective G Suite ID irrespective of their location. This is to ensure every student gets to experience continued learning without disruption.
Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray mentioned at the virtual launch of the partnership that Maharashtra has been the first-ever state in India to deploy G Suite for Education and Google Classroom.
With the solutions rendered via G Suite for Education, teachers will be able to provide outstanding educational experiences; it will also help students in learning better as it will cater to the individual needs of a student. Also, the platform aims to provide teacher training and complementary resources for distance learning contracts concerning educators.
Varsha Gaikwad, the school education minister, mentioned that every solution had been outlined in such a way that it is scalable, flexible, and it is easy to use. All Google for Education solutions will be accessible to students and teachers across Maharashtra. Gaikwad also mentioned that the Maharashtra government is focussed on building a long-term relationship with Google to create a vast digital education ecosystem.
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