New Delhi: While the nationwide lockdown to fight the COVID-19 pandemic has brought life to a standstill in the second most populated nation in the world, it is the education sector which has evidently taken a giant leap forward in terms of online education.
While some believe that online education is still a faraway proposition given the Indian ecology, many others feel that one of the biggest plus from the lockdown will be the digital revolution in the education sector.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar Mamidala belongs to the second category, who sees a potential partnership between the traditional learning methods and the “learning from anywhere, anytime” concept.
Speaking to IANS, Mamidala claimed that the way India imparts education in the higher educational institutes will get reshaped post the Covid-19 pandemic.
“While the digital platforms were widely available even before the Covid-19 outbreak, educational institutes were too slow in adopting them. But during the lockdown period, most higher educational institutes have swiftly shifted to online mode of instruction, abandoning the age-old class room teaching,” Mamidala said.
He seemed optimistic about the future of e-learning in higher education when he claimed that the swift adoption of online classes by the higher educational institutes like JNU will continue post the lockdown period.
“This is a very positive outcome of the lockdown and is expected to continue post Covid-19. This is primarily because our negative attitude towards using online platforms for teaching has taken a back seat. Additionally, this sudden discovery of new ways of imparting education is bound to bring more innovation and digitisation,” he added. (IANS)