Leveraging Technology for Educational Inclusion

  • Subramaniam S
  • Subramaniam R
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Abstract

The divides created by inequalities of income, lopsided growth and by the vicious circle of poverty has ensnared learning and delayed the planned strategies for educational inclusion. India's eighth Five-Year Plan prioritised and allocated increased funding for education with focus on reach-out to the remote interiors and rural India. However, those who were outside the circle of inclusion decreased only marginally and the deviations from targets were a matter of genuine concern. Lack of mid-course corrective measures compounded with spiraling economic concerns widened the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. Skill development to enable taking up of opportunities and leveraging with technology to simplify reach-out with innovative methods will serve to unleash the untapped potential and thereby elevate lifestyles by ably empowering. "Young India" with a population of 234 million in the age group of 15-24 years is expected to increase by 13% over 2005-2020 vs the world average of 4%. Channelising the youth by providing them access to global domains of knowledge and leveraging technology ably so as to usher in innovative strategies which are cost-effective can provide the desired reach-out for knowledge to be ingrained productively and seamlessly, eliminating barriers of distance, time, access and reach-out.

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Subramaniam, S., & Subramaniam, R. (2017). Leveraging Technology for Educational Inclusion. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 5(1), 94–98. https://doi.org/10.13189/ujer.2017.050111

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