In the presence of Ministers of State Shri Ramdas Athawale and Sushri Pratima Bhoumik, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar launched an online portal TAPAS (Training for Augmenting Productivity and Services) developed by the National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
TAPAS was conceived at a time when, due to the onset of the Covid 19 epidemic, investigating the internet medium for employment and education had become critical. The Ministry’s aim of guaranteeing maximum engagement of stakeholders and volunteers working in the sphere of social defence in order to improve training and capacity building fueled it even more. TAPAS is an effort by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’s National Institute of Social Defense (NISD) to give access to subject-matter experts’ lectures, study materials, and more, but in a way that complements the actual classroom without compromising instructional quality. The major goal of providing the course modules is to provide training and to improve the participants’ knowledge and abilities in order to increase their capacity. It is open to anybody who wants to improve their knowledge on the topics and there is no cost to enrol. Drug (Substance) Abuse Prevention, Geriatric/Elderly Care, Care and Management of Dementia, Transgender Issues, and a thorough course on Social Defense Issues are the five core courses.
Dr. Virendra Kumar complimented the NISD team on the initiative and stated that the Ministry would be able to reach out to an even greater number of persons working in the field of social defence through the online medium of learning. He advised everyone to take the course in order to have a better awareness of topics including substance addiction prevention, senior care, transgender welfare, and begging prevention. “Anyone involved in the field of social defence is urged to take the course. It’s an online education, and you can take use of it to the fullest,” Dr. Virendra Kumar stated. TAPAS is a typical MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform containing course content such as recorded lectures and e-study material, according to Mr. R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. It also contains discussion rooms to facilitate and encourage communication between students and course directors.
The components of TAPAS were further underlined by Ms. Radhika Chakravarthy, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. She said that the platform was built using a quadrant method. A virtual class will be held in which an expert or resource person will deliver a lesson on the subject using animated info graphics and Power Point presentations. Participants will be given educational materials such as articles, case studies, and other research materials on the topic, which they can download for future reference. After completing each module, students can take a multiple-choice exam to test their knowledge of the subject. There is also a discussion forum on the portal where they may ask the questions to course coordinator.
Source: Press Information Bureau