Junior minister for Human Resources development Shashi Tharoor has launched a portal for open educational resources with content powered by the central government’s academic wing under the creative commons license.
The government’s academic wing for school education, National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), has put out digital copies of educational material on the portal. The portal also has images, videos, audio and interactive content.
This is a big win for California head quartered Creative Commons, which is working with Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums in India to encourage sharing under their license.
Creative Commons is a set of “legal tools used to mark content so that copyright owners can retain control over their content while releasing specific parts of their rights for sharing.” This is a prevalent way of content sharing on the Internet.
The video collection on the portal is quite impressive. Some of it is from NCERT programs that were previously aired on state owned television channel Doordarshan.
This sits well with the Governments plan to improve technology aided education in schools– if only, the Aakash project had taken off as planned.