A MaharashtraNet broadband network, inspired by the Centre’s ‘BharatNet‘, will be set up in Maharashtra to ensure online healthcare and education facilities to people in the remotest villages, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said. Through MaharashtraNet, the government plans to usher in a digital revolution in the state and further reduce the urban-rural divide, he said. Also Read - DigiLocker now has over 100 million users: Aadhaar card is the most downloaded documentAlso Read - Union Budget 2022: FM Nirmala Sitharaman announces 5G auction, BharatNet project and more
“In Nagpur district, 750 village panchayats have already gone digital. By December 2018, digital connectivity will be provided to all villages, besides connecting all schools online in the state,” Fadnavis said. He was speaking at a function to honour 109 top state teachers with the ‘Adarsh Shikshak’ and ‘Savitribai Phule Adarsh Shikshika’ awards, including 38 primary teachers, 39 secondary, two of arts and sports, two scouts-guides. The list also has 19 tribal, one physically challenged and eight women teachers. Also Read - MeitY to train 85,000 people in chipset manufacturing via online class: Check webinar details
Fadnavis said the catapulted to the third position in academic excellence in the past one year due to good education and best teachers. “We have 40,000 tech-savvy teachers in the state and many educational apps have been developed to help the students. We hope that Maharashtra will soon become the education leader in the country,” said Fadnavis. ALSO READ: Government asks states to follow Andhra Pradesh for BharatNet project
Education Minister Vinod Tawde, MP Arvind Sawant, legislators Raj Purohit and Rahul Narvekar, Education Principal Secretary Nand Lal and other officials were present on the occasion. The women teachers honoured with the ‘Savitribai Phule Adarsh Shikshika’ award include Smita S. Malavade, Sandhya S. Kulkarni, Vandana B. Theng, Sumitra S. Yesane, Sarla S. Kame, Chandrakala S. Deshmukh, Shubhra S. Roy and Vaishali S. Dhakulkar. ALSO READ: Digital India: TRAI suggests public-private partnership model for BharatNet project
Rehman A. Atikur bagged the award in the handicapped category, Satish V. Kolhe and Radha M. Murkute in the scouts-guides category and Pramod B. Patil and Sanjay K. Patole in the arts/sports category.