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Airtract Nirmal Bhargavi Associate Professor of Chemistry

Impact of Covid - 19 pandemic on Indian Education 21 July, 2020   

Covid -19 pandemic has made a petrifying impact on Indian education. The pandemic has spread to over 210 countries and resulted in the closure of all schools, colleges and universities impacting close to 1.38 billion students.  It has made an everlasting impact on the education system of India.

The transition that occurred is like a double edged sword. The transition from classroom teaching to online teaching was a sudden swift that it hardly allowed academicians to take any time to plan. We witness that many institutions resort to online teaching platforms like google classroom, zoom, cisowebex, eduClipper, googlemeet, gnenomio, kahoot, kaizala, etc. This is a crucial period for the education sector – board examinations, school admissions, entrance tests of various universities and competitive exams among others are all held only during this period.  The curriculum designed for classroom teaching has created the risk of passive learning among the students.  Learning outcomes may not be achieved and may result in merely engaging the students. In developing nations like India, a large proportion of student population lack the knowledge and access to use online platforms. Abided by the living conditions and financial background of family, some students fail to take up these online classes. Classroom atmosphere lacks in this new education strategy. Teacher student relationship cannot flourish. Parental care shown by teachers to students or the kind of admiration, the students develop towards their teachers is missing. As there is no direct eye contact, the attention level of students is not monitored by the faculty who is delivering the lecture. Misbehaving students are not corrected as they are unnoticed in teaching learning process.

Many students from India and China study in colleges and universities in countries like Australia, New-Zealand, US, UK and Canada. The Covid 19 pandemic has led to the cross-border movement of students and consequently results in major financial risk for universities abroad.

To the positive side, we also have promising uptrend in education. The transition has pushed the colleges and universities to start improvising the quality of learning material that is used in the teaching learning process. We can expect new methodologies in designing and delivering quality content. There is new opportunity where faculty members can deliver online courses to even students from competing and pioneer institutions. It can lead to interaction or collaborative work with teachers from leading institutions. Their exposure level rises, rather than being a big frog in a small pond. Digital education in India appears to be a viable solution to fill in the void for classroom education until the pandemic fades away. We do hope a major transformation in education sector by integrating digital education into mainstream education. This transformation will provide an opportunity for teachers and academicians to come up with customised learning solutions for every student. Each student can easily get in contact with a high class education on par with the education in developed countries, which is not easy to impart by chalk and talk method.  The new learning method will definitely be more interesting, personalized and enjoyable. The impact of covid -19 pandemic on education has been lit up with gladness of hope.

Dr.V.L.Nirmal Bhargavi,

Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering and Technology,

Chittoor, A.P. 

  

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