The union ministry of education has joined hands with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to modernise India's national education technology platform—Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing (DIKSHA). The free education platform DIKSHA serves over 200 million students in 1.48 million schools across the country and is available in 36 Indian languages.
Under the multi-year collaboration agreement, OCI will help the Ministry of Education use DIKSHA to provide educational resources to millions of additional students, teachers and collaborators across India. Migration to OCI will help the education ministry scale for DIKSHA 2.0 and lower IT costs.
"As one of the largest free education platforms in the world, DIKSHA is an excellent example of the ‘made in India and made for India’ campaign," says Shailender Kumar, senior vice president and regional managing director, Oracle India and NetSuite Asia Pacific and Japan.
DIKSHA was developed for school education and foundational learning programs. Using the open-source platform Sunbird, developed by the EkStep Foundation, DIKSHA helps teachers support inclusive learning for communities of underserved and disabled learners across the country. More than 200 million students and 7 million teachers from government and private schools access content from more than 11,000 contributors. Users of the platform stream 1.2 petabytes of text and video content per day from sources such as the National Council of Educational Research & Training, Central Board of Secondary Education and State Council of Educational Research and Training.
"Education is an important pillar for economic development, and India’s knowledge economy continues to be one of the largest in the world. We need to embrace modern tools and technology to make education more easily available and securely accessible to everyone," says Dr. Indu Kumar, Head of Department, ICT and Training, Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Ministry of Education, Government of India.
With the massive scale of the DIKSHA platform, the Ministry of Education needed a cloud service provider well equipped to handle processing, storage and distribution of large amounts of data in multiple formats.
The DIKSHA migration project is being implemented by two Oracle Partner Network members, Bharti Airtel and Trigyn Technologies. DIKSHA supports India’s Digital Public Infrastructure initiatives in education and is powering population-scale deployments.