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Content Policy on DIKSHA

Set out below are some common-sense rules that all Users must comply with respect to Content on DIKSHA. These rules are to be taken seriously as Administrators are required to enforce the same strictly. Users are requested not to look for loopholes or ways around these guidelines and respect the spirit in which they have been created. Please read this Content Policy carefully, to learn more about the rules on appropriateness, accuracy, intellectual property rights and licensing that govern Content on DIKSHA. This Content Policy should be read in conjunction and together with the Terms of Use of DIKSHA. Defined terms used but not defined herein shall have the meaning ascribed to them in the Terms of Use of DIKSHA.

1 Introduction

This document highlights the framework for content that will be followed on DIKSHA. DIKSHA Strategy and Approach Paper clearly articulates one of the intentions of DIKSHA - to create a common repository of open education resources for easy access to teachers across the country. This document sets out the principles and process to achieve this end. DIKSHA should make multilingual and diverse content available on the platform ranging from courses for in-service and pre-service teachers to classroom resources to tools for assessment and evaluation both of teachers and learners. The content creation and curation process on DIKSHA is envisaged to be an open process with low barriers to entry. It celebrates and encourages participation by making it simple to create and share content on the platform. High-quality content is celebrated in the form of recognition from the community (in the form of ‘badges’ and ‘likes’). It avoids creating barriers to entry in the form of centralized review workflows and federates that process to the community to police itself. NCTE and States, being the custodians of DIKSHA, frame the guidelines and curation rules, and delegate the authority to curate to the community. This creates a platform that is open, has low barrier to entry, while the quality of content is ensured by the federated process.

2 Principles for Content on DIKSHA

Content on the DIKSHA will be contributed by various content contributors across the country. The intent is to enable access to a wide range and diverse content from across the country so as to enable better contextualisation of content and wide access for end users. All content published on DIKSHA belongs to the creators of content be it individuals or organisations that have made content available on the platform, they are responsible for ensuring accuracy and appropriateness of content. Content on DIKSHA means and includes courses for teachers (in-service and pre-service), lesson plans, worksheets, supplemental materials for classroom and other such learning materials, etc. Content Contributor means and includes organisations and/ or individuals. Individuals wishing to contribute to DIKSHA could be:

  • Pre-Service teachers
  • In-Service Teachers
  • Post-Service Teachers
  • Subject Matter Experts
  • Teacher Educators
  • Freelancers

Organisational content partners include but are not limited to the following:

  • Teacher Education Institutes
  • State bodies (such as SCERT, DIET, etc.)
  • Central Educational Bodies (such as NCTE, CBSE, KV, ICSE, etc.)
  • National Project Management Unit
  • Independent Content Producers (including private organisations)

DIKSHA is not responsible for the accuracy, appropriateness and violations of any third party rights including intellectual property rights of anyone.

3 Content Contribution

Content can be published on DIKSHA only by authenticated individuals or organizations which are given the status of ‘content contributor’. This authentication may happen at central level or state level. Model guidelines will be created for authentication.

4 Content Publishing

All content uploaded or created on DIKSHA shall be published by the Organisation/Individuals/ Entities who are registered as Content Contributors on DIKSHA. Organisations and Institutions that have been identified as content contributors on DIKSHA will be responsible for ensuring that content they publish is accurate and appropriate for their purposes and complies with this Content Policy of DIKSHA in all respects.

5 Accuracy and Appropriateness

You must ensure that all Content created, curated, reviewed, published by you on DIKSHA is appropriate and accurate for use as outlined by the following guidelines. Content identified as inappropriate or inaccurate as per these guidelines will not be allowed on the platform and if published can be unilaterally removed from DIKSHA. Post-publishing, accuracy and appropriateness will be checked by designated teams at NCERT, other central bodies or states, who can report any violations. In case of such a report, the content piece will be pulled down immediately and the contributor will be notified.

    a. Accurate Content - All Content on DIKSHA must:
                 i. Be factually correct,
                ii. Use language in text, audio, video and interactive materials that is simple and easy to understand, and
               iii. Be contextual and relevant to the needs of intended User.

   b. Inappropriate Content includes, but is not limited to:

      i. Hate Speech - by words either written or spoken or by signs or by visible representation or otherwise promotes or attempts to promote feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will against persons of a:

  • Caste
  • Class
  • Tribe
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Sex, gender, or gender identity
  • National origin
  • Religious affiliation
  • Sexual orientation, or
  • Disabilities or diseases

      ii. Sexually explicit content

  • Pornography
  • Explicit text/images/illustrations/sounds of sexual content
  • Descriptions of sexual acts

     iii. Depiction of sexual violence and exploitation

  • Includes sexual exploitation of minors, and sexual assault.
  • Photographs/ Illustrations/videos depicting incidents of sexual violence

     iv. Depiction of nudity

  • Nudity would mean displaying genitals, breasts or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks.
  • Other than the depiction of body parts which isn’t gratuitously graphic and is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic - paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures, which is posted for educational purposes. Providing context will help users determine the purpose of the content/asset.

      v. Content that promotes violence, including

  • Promoting, encouraging, supporting, praising, or condoning violent actions, activities and behaviour - verbal, physical or emotional.
  • Threatening or inciting others to commit acts of violence
  • Expressing support or praise for groups, people that are involved in violent or criminal behaviour

      vi. Content that promotes/depicts/reflects discrimination and bullying or encouraging such behaviour, including:

  • Targeting individuals with the intention of degrading or shaming them.
  • Illustrations or Images altered to degrade individuals
  • Photos or videos of physical or verbal bullying
  • Sharing personal information or harassing people
  • Repeatedly targeting other people with unwanted requests or messages.

      vii. Comprises harmful or dangerous content

  • which intends to incite violence or encourage dangerous or illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death.
  • Encourages dangerous or illegal activities for instance - money laundering, gambling, performing stunts, high risk activities, choking games, drug use, or other acts where serious injury or harm may result. Content that depicts dangerous acts may be allowed if the primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic (EDSA), and isn’t gratuitously graphic.

     viii. Other possibilities:

  • Content which violates the law for the time being in force,
  • Content which infringes any trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights,
  • Content which deceives or misleads the User about the origin of such Content and conveys information which is grossly offensive or menacing,
  • Content which contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer resource,
  • Content which threatens the unity, integrity, defence, security or sovereignty of India, friendly relations with foreign states, or public order, or causes incitement to the commission of any cognisable offence or prevents investigation of any offence or is insulting any other nation,
  • Content involvings minors/ children in violence as victims or perpetrators or as forced witnesses to violence, or showing children as being subjected to any form of child abuse,
  • Content involving abuse or ridicule of people with disabilities (physical or mental),
  • Content involving cruelty to, or abuse of animals,
  • depiction of violence, cruelty and horror, scenes of violence primarily,
  • Content involving images/text/ illustrations have the effect of encouraging, justifying, glorifying, glamorising alcohol drinking, drugs and substance abuse; consumption of tobacco or smoking,
  • Content involving degrading or denigrating women in any manner,
  • Content involving vulgarity, obscenity or depravity,
  • Content involving dual meaning words as obviously cater to baser instincts,
  • Content involving visuals or words contemptuous of racial, religious or other groups,
  • Content involving visuals or words which promote superstition, communal, obscurantist, anti-scientific attitude, and
  • Content involving visuals or words involving defamation of an individual or a body of individuals.

6 Intellectual Property Rights

a. You shall be solely responsible for Content you create, curate, review, publish on DIKSHA.
b. Creators, curators, reviewers and publishers must ensure that Content that they publish on DIKSHA accurately reflects:

     i. Author
    ii. Copyright holder
   iii. Year of copyright
   iv. Attributions to other creators whose content has been relied on, used in, or referred to in the Content (if any)
    v. The relevant DIKSHA License, as per the Licensing Policy

c. Content creators, who have copyright in the Content they have submitted for publication on DIKSHA, consent to publication of their Content on DIKSHA under the relevant DIKSHA License in accordance with the Licensing Policy of DIKSHA.

d. In relation to Content being published/submitted for publication on DIKSHA by any person other than the copyright holder of the Content, all curators, reviewers and publishers must ensure that they have the necessary authorisation, license, or permission to publish such Content on DIKSHA under the relevant DIKSHA License in accordance with the Licensing Policy of DIKSHA.

e. If Content includes copyrighted materials, Content creators, curators, reviewers and publishers must ensure compliance with the license terms, proper attribution and any other third party intellectual property rights. DIKSHA does not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of any other intellectual property rights on DIKSHA.DIKSHA will remove any Content if properly notified that such Content infringes on another’s intellectual property rights.

f. DIKSHA is not responsible for the violations of any third party rights including intellectual property rights by any User.

g. Any violations of intellectual property rights will be the responsibility of the concerned Users. Any disputes will be settled by the respective parties.

h. MHRD and/or DIKSHA does not endorse any Content published on DIKSHA, or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and DIKSHA expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with Content

7 Licensing Policy of DIKSHA

a. Open License - DIKSHA follows principles of open access, open licensing and is a platform for open education resources. You must ensure that your Content on DIKSHA follows these principles.

b. DIKSHA Licenses - Content is made available on DIKSHA under the Creative Commons Licence Framework, which allows content to be distributed, remixed, tweaked, and built upon, even commercially, as long as credit is given for the original creation. Certain Creative Commons licenses also have additional conditions such as the Share-Alike condition and/ or the Non-Commercial use condition. DIKSHA permits the use of the following licences, together referred to as the DIKSHA Licenses:

  i. CC BY4.0 (Attribution)
 ii. CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike)
iii. CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)
iv. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)
v. YouTube License

c. As creators, curators, reviewers or publishers of Content on DIKSHA, you must ensure that the Content you submit to be published on the DIKSHA specifies the relevant DIKSHA License under which such Content will be available to the Users. In all such cases, the relevant DIKSHA License should be compatible with the copyright license applicable to the original piece of content.

d. As curators, reviewers or publishers or Content on DIKSHA, you must also ensure that in publishing Content of DIKSHA, the appropriate license terms relating to such Content are properly followed.

8 Third-Party Rights

Any violations of copyright laws will be the responsibility of the concerned content contributor. Any disputes will be settled by the respective parties. DIKSHA bears no responsibility for this.

9 Takedown Policy

a. DIKSHA reserves the right not to publish and the right to remove Content from the platform without any prior notice for any violation of the Content Policy, the Terms of Use and this Content Policy, and any other policies and guidelines of DIKSHA. If you believe that certain content on DIKSHA is in violation of this Content Policy or any applicable laws, please contact us at support@diksha-ncte.freshdesk.com and we take the necessary action to review and / or remove such content as quickly as possible.

b. DIKSHA may at its sole and absolute discretion delete, remove, disable access or otherwise deal with your information, data or Content from DIKSHA to comply with laws currently in force, including the Information Technology Act, 2000.

DISCLAIMER
Though all efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy and currency of the content on this Platform, the same should not be construed as a statement of law or used for any legal purposes. In no event will the Government of India or MHRD be liable for any expense, loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any expense, loss or damage whatsoever arising from use, or loss of use, of data, arising out of or in connection with the use of this Platform. Links to other websites that have been included on this platform are provided for public convenience only.