New Delhi: National Digital Library (NDL) of India, an integrated online platform for educational contents, has won mBillionth South Asia Award 2017 in ‘Learning & Education’ category. mBillionth Award is the most influential & leading platform to explore, recognize & honor the best practices in Mobile & Telecom Industry across South Asia.
NDL India has been conceived as a platform for change in the educational paradigms of India by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT).
Developed by IIT Kharagpur, NDL India is an umbrella over existing digital repositories with Indian language user interface and interface for differently-abled users. It is a movement to reach out to people in the country with educational contents of not just books, papers or thesis but with class lectures, audio books and lectures, tutorials, assignments and solutions, simulations, animations, data sets through a single source access. It is for all learners, at all levels and for all subject areas.
The HRD Ministry informed that NDL has crossed 10 million indexed items as against the goal of 5 lakhs in 3 years.
NDL India (https://ndl.iitkgp.ac.in ) facilitates collaborative learning environment through student-student, student-teacher and teacher-teacher collaboration. It is also designed to support collaborative learning environment through integration with MOOCs. It provides an infrastructure for self-paced purpose-centric learning and has pioneered national licensing of publishers’ contents that makes contents, which is normally priced, available to NDL India users for free – paving the way to democratise education in the country.
NDL India app provides access through multiple Indian language user interfaces. Their plan is to make the user interface available in nine Indian languages that cover more than 90 per cent of Indian population. NDL is available as both Web app and mobile app on Android. iOS and Windows apps are to be released soon.
The other winners of mBillionth South Asia Award 2017 in the education category are BYJU’S the Learning App and Read to Kids by Worldreader .