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India launches National Repository of Open Educational Resources

Jane Park, August 14th, 2013

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India has launched a new learning repository for open educational resources (OER). India’s Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and the Central Institute of Educational Technology, National Council of Educational Research and Training have collaboratively developed the National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER). Dr. Pallam Raju, India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, launched the repository on Tuesday, and Dr. Shashi Tharoor, India’s Minister of State for Human Resource Development, announced the repository’s default license for all resources — Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA).

The repository currently includes videos, audio, interactive media, images, and documents, and aims to “bring together all digital and digitisable resources for the [Indian] school system – for all classes, for all subjects and in all languages.”

From Dr. Tharoor’s announcement,

This initiative is also a significant step towards inclusive education. Opening access to all requires a debate on the issue of ownership, copyright, licensing and a balancing of reach with legitimate commercial interests. This is particularly important for public institutions and public funded projects. I am glad that the NCERT has taken the initiative of declaring that the NROER will carry the CC-BY-SA license… This decision by NCERT is in tune with UNESCO’s Paris Declaration on Open Education Resources and will ensure that all the resources are freely accessible to all. To put it in the language of the Creative Commons — to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute.

To contribute to the repository, one must ensure that they are “agreeing to host the resources under a Creative Commons license” (CC BY-SA) and “that the documents uploaded are encoded using non-proprietary, open standards.” To learn more about contributing your OER, visit http://nroer.in/Contribute/.

13 Responses to “India launches National Repository of Open Educational Resources”

  1. michael bryan charles says:

    interesting and interested in learning more

  2. India has the rare distinction of being one of the few countries, perhaps the only, never to have invaded another. In part that may be down to its history. Though the idea of ‘India’ existed long before 1947, the actuality of its borders didn’t have the fixity they have now. Regardless of the digression, India has long been a home for educational innovation and attainment. That India is doing this now makes me proud.

    From the country that invented so many of the mathematical concepts which underpin our understanding of the world today, and which arguably led to the digital revolution which Creative Commons lives by, this is a welcome step. Thank you India.

  3. Dhaval says:

    A new initiative by India in education is highly required. Because as a common man I think that the meaning of basic requirement of education was changed.

    Parents think it is more about competition and prestige that his or her child should be the first. For that they pay more to the school, college and classes.

    School, College and Classes make the education as business and charge more and more fees.

    But it does not come to a good result of the student’s over all education. Education is not the thing that given in the books must be read and written in exam only. This kind of practice will lead to burden to the students.

    The new scheme should be according to the student’s overall improvements not only bookies knowledge.

  4. trang suc bac says:

    It’s why India’s education get come better and better!

  5. amit says:

    The education enviroment in India look good….

  6. Vishal Verma says:

    good for students but still majority of people don’t have access to internet…

  7. It is good idea to have national open resource which can be used by any body , who is studying in this country.

  8. codemywp says:

    this initiative is very good for our education systems

  9. Manish Jain says:

    The vision of NROER was created by visionary minds but the inception of the concept into the minds of the team entrusted to create it, imbibing the idea and finally creating it in the flesh and blood is without doubt the result of tireless, unadulterated, non-compromising work culture and enthusiasm spelled by Prof. Raja Ram S Sharma. All thanks and kudos to him for casting this visionary idea in physical form.

  10. Harish Puri says:

    Greetings and congratulations to Dr. Raj Ram for this excellent initiative to build a repository
    of creative commons with a tremendous potential for interactive creativity. Here is something
    that gives HOPE of good education in a society that seemed to be ridden by despondency.

    My best wishes for the success of your effort.

  11. tanveer khan says:

    I want to participate in this open access to research.

  12. SUDIP KUMAR says:

    Greetings and congratulations to Dr. Raj Ram for this excellent initiative to build a repository
    of creative commons with a tremendous potential for interactive creativity.

  13. Vinod Kumar Kanvaria says:

    An initiative, one of its own kind…….
    Kudos to NROER stakeholders and contributors…..
    Greetings to Prof. Raja Ram, Prof. A. Behera and the CIET family…………