MHRD 12 five year plan document for Teacher Education has a separate chapter on ICT integration in Teacher Education, which recommends the adoption of public software to ensure a free and open environment for teachers to collaborate with one another to create digital learning resources (Open Educational Resources) as well as ne

With support from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) we made a film titled 'Transforming Teacher Education with Public Software' to convey the core principles of our intervention in the STF. The main idea behind the film is to enable policy makers and administrators of other states in India, and also other countries, to get a clear idea of the principles and processes involved in adopting public educational software in their public education systems.

IT for Change participated in the Annual conference of International Association for Media and Communication Research in the 'Special session on Internet governance: Negotiating profit & politics with Internet freedom' that was held in Durban on 19th July, 2012. Parminder Jeet Singh made a presentation through a video remotely. The video can be found here:

Parminder Jeet Singh was invited by the South Centre, the Geneva-based inter-governmental thinktank, to address the developing country diplomats on global Internet-related policies and the appropriate institutional mechanisms for this purpose.

Anita Gurumurthy made a presentation on Network publics at 'Conference on Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy' by Club De Madrid in New York (USA). The presentation titled 'Network publics as digital futures' questioned the nature of a global network public that can guarantee equitable governance.

The presentation discusses the key challenges facing teacher education and the need to evolve new models of teacher education that are need based, self directed and self paced learning with continuous mentoring, such models are essential to make RTE, NCF, NCFTE a reality in the Indian school system.

The presentation explains the need for state governments to move from 'first generation programs' where students only learn word, notepad, paint etc, bypassing teachers, to "second generation programs" - where teachers use software tools to create digital learning resources, and ICTs are used to achieve specific educational aims.

Study Visit for Mongolian delegation on e-governance in India , November 18-26 2011

Between 18th and 26th November 2011, IT for Change in partnership with LoGin South Asia organised a study visit on e-governance for a 17 member delegation from Mongolia, led by the Deputy Chief of the Cabinet Secretariat Mr. Nyamjav Darjaa, Government of Mongolia. All the participants of the study visit are closely involved in the implementation of the One Stop Stop programme (OSS) funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – which attempts to bring about single window convergent service delivery in Mongolia. The study visit was organized with the primary aim of enabling the participants to understand the emerging e-governance initiatives in India so that they could take away learnings that could aid in refining the implementation of OSS in Mongolia : especially from the multiple experiments that attempt to use the potential of ICTs for convergent public service delivery.

IT for Change organised a panel with IKME at the EADI/DSA General Conference on 'Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty' which was held in York (United Kingdom) on 19-22 September 2011. The panel was titled 'How are Digital Technologies Transforming Development?' Anita Gurumurthy was a part of the panel and presented on 'Bottom of the Pyramid and Other Dangerous Development Delusions of the Information Age'. Her co-panelists were Mike Powell, IKME, United Kingdom, and Evangelia Berdou, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, United Kingdom. This  panel examined ideas and broad ideologies that new ICTs are bringing to the development sector, looking at the challenges and possibilities in terms of equitable development with social justice. The panel was chaired by Robin Mansell, London School of Economics, United Kingdom. More information is available about the conference at The session overview along with the presentations can also viewed on the EADI site

Based on our advocacy work relating to National Policy on ICT in School Education, the issue of 'vendor driven ICT programs' was discussed in the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) and a sub-committee was setup to study the issue.