Here are some questions I had asked Ms Smriti on twitter. Would request her to answer in case they are not already covered in her interview to myind.net –
(1) MOOCs can connect all students to nation’s top teachers, from say std 5 to MSc level. Please give update on MOOCs. Also, can RTE be amended to allow for home-schooling via MOOCs?
(2) Can MHRD, Dept Atomic Energy, Dept of S&T, DRDO collaborate 2 create a Silicon Valley style innovation ecosystem? Such innovation ecosystem should give maximum opportunities to every student and young researcher. Some further thoughts on this are as follows –
The MOOC infrastructure should facilitate compiling of lectures using inputs from all teachers / researchers who want to contribute. This way, every researcher can contribute to teaching. Also, besides the lectures, interactive tutorials in virtual classrooms, bringing together teachers and smaller groups of students, can also be hosted via the MOOC platform. The MOOC platform can also be used to connect eager students in the remotest villages to the leading research centers.
(3) Ms Smriti may also address issues related to RTE and discrimination against Hindus, as described by “Reality Check India” in his blog – https://realitycheck.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/analyzing-indian-education-law-in-light-of-christian-schools-ban-on-hindu-symbols/
Regards, @BharatDharma (twitter handle)