Coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill; the world of academics and education is no exception. However, the learning must continue and life must go on! So in the last few months, India witnessed how smartly and diligently schools, colleges, universities, and educational institutions shifted to online learning platforms. Read on to know more how the education system has changed for good during to this pandemic –
Education is a tool to gain confidence, reasoning ability, and skills which collectively translate into the perception building of an individual. Such has been its role since times immemorial! But an unprecedented course of events in the 21st century brought us to a stage where we were compelled to think if it is EVEN an essential service? The education sector in India was the first to observe closure and will be the last to be given a go-ahead to unlock.
As many as 320 million students have been impacted by the unexpected state of affairs and the jolt spread across all the verticals of the system. The prevalent status quo has generated a need for change, pronounced. How much can it impact the future of education in India is a Burning Question.
- Revamping the teaching methodology: The conventional methods of teaching, learning, evaluation faced a brunt by the Pandemic and called for a transition. A handful of private schools could manage to tide over by adopting makeshift online arrangements, but a major portion of the low-income private and government schools could not upgrade. Thus, a multi-pronged strategy necessary to manage crises and build a long term resilient education system needs to evolve.
- Managing slump in Demand for International Education: A large number of international students seek enrollment at premier Indian universities. If the state perpetuates there will a massive decline in the demand for International education, owing to cross border movement and this is bound to impinge the Economy as a tandem effect. Thus, the Indian institutes should design holistic programs encompassing niche areas of yoga, medicine, Ayurveda, agriculture, ethnobotany to serve the larger cause of humanity while guarding monetary interests.
- Equipping the teachers and facilitators: The transition to the online mode of teaching was so swift that the majority of the teaching fraternity was caught unaware. They were compelled to dive into the pool off guard. The situation is alarming and it highlights the need to arm the show leaders with the necessary technology-oriented weaponry. The digital skills, the knack to handle virtual classrooms, and the ability to counsel students must be honed.
- Mitigating the effect of the disease on the employment rate: Withdrawal of the job offers from recent graduates as a result of the pandemic can result in high urban unemployment rates. Government intervention is required to alleviate the effects of the malady on job offers, research projects, and internships.
The pandemic is sure to transform the face of the current education system in India persuading us to relinquish the over-reliance of rigid structures and the adoption of ways that are more flexible and accessible. One of the smart universities that adapted to the change and accepted the digital technology very first is MMDU – featured in India’s top 100 universities as per NIRF rankings. Students can apply for MMDU courses online. Click here to apply: http://admission.mmumullana.org/