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DoSE clarifies on pen drives with study materials

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Dimapur, August 12: With reference to notification on making available video lessons telecasted through Doordarshan during the months of May, June & July 2020 in pen drives, the Directorate of School Education has clarified that all video lessons have been made available for free access in the department’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page since 1st May 2020 and the same are also made available for free access through Jio TV from August 10.
The department reminded that in its notification it has clearly stated that the pen drives will be issued to all Government schools free of cost and no amount is collected from them.
Only those interested Individuals/ private schools who wish to have the pen drives loaded with video lessons other than free of cost access methods as mentioned can buy the pen drives through the portal ‘‘ where they will be paying only for the hardware and copying cost of the videos and no profit is made out, and it is not compulsory for any individual / private school to buy the same, it said.
The department informed that the duration of the video lessons ranges from 6 hours to 35 hours per class and the capacity of pen drives are 16 GB, 32 GB & 64 GB. Accordingly, the cost fixed is Rs 350, Rs 480 & Rs 850.
The department said the decision to make the video lessons available in pen drives was taken after the department received requests from various quarters about their inability to access the videos through internet due to connectivity issues, whereas PCs/laptops are available in many villages/wards with schools, Churches or student bodies which could be used to access the videos for the benefit of students.
The department said it clearly understands that all students will not own smart phones/ PCs/laptops and it is a collective responsibility of everyone to help the students.
The entire transaction is made in a complete transparent manner and public are free to know about the details at any time, it added. (Page News Service)