Online education Guidelines

What are the new guidelines for online education?

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The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on Tuesday announced guidelines for online classes by schools and recommended a cap on screen time for students. The guidelines have been framed by the ministry, following concerns raised by parents about schools conducting online classes like regular schools, which has increased children’s screen time after the COVID-19 pandemic mandated a shift from classroom teaching to online learning as schools continue to remain shut for over four months.

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In the guideline called “Pragyata”, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) recommendations are On the appropriate screen time, two online sessions of up to 45 minutes will be held each for classes 1-8, and four sessions for classes 9-12. He said that COVID-19 pandemic has led to the closure of schools and has impacted over 240 million children of the country who are enrolled in schools.

Recommended screen time

  • Pre Primary: On a given day for interacting with parents and guiding them, not more than 30 minutes;
  • Classes 1 to 12: Recommended to adopt/adapt the alternative academic calendar of NCERT at http://ncert.nic.in/aac
  • Classes 1 to 8: Online synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than two sessions of 30-45 minutes each on the days the states/UTs decide to have online classes for primary sections;
  • Classes 9 to 12: Online synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than four sessions of 30-45 minutes each on the days as decided by States/UTs


To mitigate the impact of the pandemic, schools will not only have to remodel and re-imagine the way teaching and learning have happened so far, but will also need to introduce a suitable method of delivering quality education through a healthy mix of schooling at home and schooling at school, guidelines have been made with a focus on online education for students who are at home.

-HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’

Written by Kumar Saurav, He is Journalism graduate from Indian Institute of Mass Communication New Delhi.

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