UGC Chief Announces Self-Assessment Platform ‘SATHEE’ for Students
- On March 06, 2023
The University Grants Commission (UGC) chief, M Jagadesh Kumar, recently announced the upcoming launch of a new self-assessment platform for Indian students called SATHEE (Self-Assessment for Talent Hunt through Efficient and Effective Testing), an e-platform that offers personalized coaching, feedback and counselling services to Indian students who are preparing for various competitive exams.
What is SATHEE?
- SATHEE is a free online coaching and guidance platform for Indian students that will be launched by the Ministry of Education (MoE). The platform aims to help students prepare for competitive exams like NEET and JEE by providing access to high-quality study material and coaching.
- SATHEE's study material includes video lessons that are prepared by faculty members from IIT and IISc, two of the most prestigious institutions in India.
- SATHEE offers self-assessment tools that help students identify their strengths and weaknesses. By identifying areas that need improvement, students can focus their efforts on those areas and improve their chances of success in their exams.
SATHEE stands for Self-Assessment for Talent Hunt through Efficient and Effective Testing.
- One of the main goals of SATHEE is to make exam preparation more accessible and affordable for students who may not have the means to pay for expensive coaching programs. The study material on SATHEE is available in multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and regional languages, making it accessible to students from different parts of India who may speak different languages.
Bringing Equality in Education: Idea behind SATHEE
The idea behind SATHEE is to provide equal opportunities to all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Coaching and guidance for engineering and medical entrance exams can be expensive, and not all students have access to it.
As a result, they often struggle to compete with their peers who have such resources. It intends to level the playing field for all students, giving them an equal chance to succeed by giving students self-paced interactive learning and assessment to prepare for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and other competitive exams.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) and premier institutes such as IIT Kanpur and IISc Bangalore have collaborated to create the SATHEE platform. The platform will also be integrated with other government initiatives, such as the National Testing Agency (NTA) and the SWAYAM platform. This integration will provide students with a seamless learning experience, allowing them to access multiple resources and services in one place.
It is important to note that the UGC chairman has clarified that SATHEE assessments will not replace any existing entrance exams. Instead, it will serve as a complementary tool for students. The UGC chief emphasized that the platform is not meant to replace the importance of hard work and dedication in exam preparation but to accelerate the preparation phase.
The decision to launch SATHEE has been met with a positive response from students, educators, and the general public. Many believe the platform will be a game-changer for students who cannot afford expensive entrance exam coaching and guidance. SATHEE has the potential to change the education landscape in the country, and the government's efforts to promote it extensively will help ensure maximum reach and impact.
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