DC Srinagar conferred with National e-Governance Gold Award

DC Srinagar receiving National e-Governance Gold Award at 25th National Conference on e-Governance.
DC Srinagar receiving National e-Governance Gold Award at 25th National Conference on e-Governance.

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Nov 27: In a major achievement, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad was conferred with prestigious National e-governance Gold Award by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) for Project/Initiative ‘GAASH’ under the category of “Excellence in District Level Initiative in e-Governance” of the National Awards for e-Governance Scheme 2021-2022.
Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh presented the award to Deputy Commissioner Srinagar in a two-day Conference organized by Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances DARPG and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) in association with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir on the theme “Bringing Citizens, Industry and Government closer” which begin here on Saturday at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra.
Speaking in this regard, the DC Srinagar said that the GAASH project is a gamified e-learning initiative of Srinagar District Administration for school students with special emphasis on learning through gamified modules for students from class 6-12.
The DC said with the introduction of the web application during the Covid-19, a large number of students as well as teachers exhibited keen interest and started using the digital platform resulting in overall increased learning outcomes.
He added that a longitudinal study of the comparison between experimental and control groups reveal a marked hike in the average score of the students in subjects like English, Maths and Science.
Underscoring the benefits of the project, the DC said the gamified app aims to create an interactive and conducive environment for the students where they get conceptual clarity as well as ease of learning. It provides a comprehensive understanding of learning outcomes for all stakeholders in education – parents , schools, students besides empowering students with cutting edge edu-technology to help them realise their full potential.
Now a student can visualise a 3-D video of the solar system and understand its functioning on a computer screen and not merely on a piece of paper”, the DC added.
He also said the Project Gaash also helps to bridge the digital divide among students placed differentially in the social strata by providing free access to quality. While, e-learning gamified modules to the students who may not be in a position to afford the expenses for online quality education.
The DC said the District Administration Srinagar has also tied up with PACE IIT & Medical Mumbai. The PACE will provide free coaching for IIT-JEE/MEDICAL entrance to the top performing students on WebApp Tests and hailing from economically weaker strata of the society. Hence it can be said that project Gaash is a great Social and Digital Equaliser for the student community. The student can learn the lessons at his/her own learning speed and at own comfort.