Life across the globe has come to a standstill with the coronavirus outbreak, markets falling and economies hitting an all time low, however its the education sector which is trying to grapple and alter itself completely to meet the needs of the testing times; without loosing the essence of knowledge its imparts.
India being a propagator of “ Gurukul system “ since ages; whose motive was to foster values and ideals in its pupils in the earlier times to fast forward to the lively grounds of colleges in present times that bear testimony to intellectual speech and out of the box thinking laid by the future of India when sitting together as a community and now to us sitting miles apart understanding real life practical concepts on virtual platforms.
With most of the colleges being traditionally established institutions the task to reach thousands of students who come from the entire length and breadth of the country with differing backgrounds , needless to say is huge and poses the threat of hampering educational growth of many. Moreover there’s an imbalance on both ends just as there’s a difference between a well-planned and sought out online course and one put together in a hustle, there’s a difference between a student who intends to take an online course and one who expects to learn in a real-world classroom.
With the competitive world which assesses a person’s merit on grades and accolades we stand at such an uncertain plane where a lot is at stake and universities and colleges trying to find anything and everything to cope with it.
However we should consider the practical implications where alterations are made in syllabus, exams and approaches considering the line of difference between “normal” times that we were used to and now “covid -19” times that we were never prepared for.
No one could deny the role of technology being the driving force in these times of desperation and shows us the way forward of education with seminars being held online and conferences conducted from continents apart; there’s a sudden realisation that these means will never be able to replicate the traditional student -classroom setup however e-learning and its further mechanisms surely are the silver lining we can hold on to for now.