Fed up of your child logging into Facebook at the cost of
studies? The Rajasthan government has hit upon a remedy - a social
networking site that will also help brush up a youngster's
"The idea is to utilise the popularity of social networking sites
among students. Most of them spend a lot of time on such websites
every day," a senior official of the state's information
technology department, which is developing the portal, told IANS.
The government portal will give tips to students on subjects like
physics, chemistry and mathematics. Experts will be roped in to
answer the academic queries students post on it.
"We thought why not make it a bit educational so that students can
not only enjoy the fun that these sites offer but also get to
learn something," the official said.
Students will be able to open up their individual accounts, add
friends, upload photographs, play games and interact among
themselves just like they do on Facebook.
"What makes it stand out is the fact that there will be
subject-specific links on the home page. We will store e-books,
objective questions and coaching material related to each
subject," the officer added.
The development of the portal is in the final phase, he said.
The government should popularise the website by approaching
educational institutes across the state, including schools,
colleges and coaching centres, said Abhishek Sharma, a volunteer
working with a local NGO.
"The students should be encouraged by the institutes to use this
portal," Sharma told IANS.
"It will be fun to have such a social networking website. I
usually get distracted by these sites, but fun and studies going
together must be great. I am eagerly waiting for the site to be
launched," said Manu Mishra, a Class 11 student.
Parents have also welcomed the initiative.
"My son spends half of his time on social networking websites
which could be utilised for sports or studies. I will definitely
encourage him to use the portal being launched by the government
as it will at least have some study or course and subject
material," said Ramkumar Joshi, parent of a Class 12 student.
(Anil Sharma can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)