News By/Courtesy: Yash Keshari | 29 May 2020 17:49pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The education sector of India, which depends mostly on offline schooling, is now on halt due to the pandemic
  • The Central Government and its bodies made several announcements regarding distance learning either in a direct or an indirect manner.
  • Guardians and wards need to understand the relevancy of the E – learning and distance learning

 
The world has observed the long-term effects of the Coronavirus or better say pandemic across the countries and as such, this pandemic has surely affected India on a large scale. The education sector of India, which depends mostly on offline schooling, is now on halt due to the pandemic and will remain on halt, in my opinion, until a cure or develops. For any student, offline schooling, in my opinion, is the finest schooling. The benefits are ranging from intuitive learning to practical assignments, from sports to library and from culture learning to the performance of plays, etc. However, due to the pandemic, students and teachers both are confined to their homes and forced to teach and learn through dumb screens. But, in these events, distance learning seems to be the best option as available for the students and teachers.
Follow – up for distance learning in India:
The Central Government and its bodies made several announcements regarding distance learning either directly or indirectly. Ministry of Human Resource Department, Central Board of Secondary Education, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, University Grants Commission, State Education Boards, and such others are accountable for the growth of the students in the long run.
The notable announcements of the Central government of India for the distance learning till today’s date:
1. Letter no. SECY (HE)/MHRD/2020 mailed to the chairman of UGC, AICTE, NCTE, CBSE, NTA, NIOS, and all autonomous organizations under MHRD stated to adopt preventive measures to achieve social distancing and e-learning and granted permission to teaching and non-teaching staff to teach the students from home.
2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hold a meeting with officials of MHRD and other prominent educators and eminent personalities, and laid special emphasis on the use of technology in the education sector and enhancing learning and adapting by the use of technology such as online classes, education portal and class-wise broadcast on dedicated education channels;
3. CBSE introduced skill courses from classes VI to XI from the session 2020-21 which emphasized ‘Design thinking’, ‘Physical Activity Trainer’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’;
4. Invitation for contributing/donating E-content for the curriculum of CBSE for Vidyadaan 2.0 on Diksha E-learning platform;
5. Introduction of Online Teacher Training by CBSE-Centre of Excellence;
6. Introduction of Alternative Academic Calendar by NCERT, Competency-Based Education (CBE) and Role of Principal in its implementation by CBSE;
7. CISCE’s initiative to reach out to students through the medium of Television by conducting live classes for students on channel ABP Ananda and News 18 Bangla.
8. CISCE’s initiative to conduct live sports classes for its students through YouTube live.
9. Introduction of Online Teacher Training by CISCE for PE teachers and coaches of CISCE schools.
10. E-learning available through UGC-MOOCS, Swayam Prabha, Swayam, Inflipbnet Centre, Tagore E-Library, World Digital Library, NCERT E-Books, e-Content of Central Universities and State Universities, etc.
The Scope of Distance Learning
The above term, as such, was not praised by many residents of a State and eminent personalities but in the current pandemic situation, it seems to be the best available choice where there is no choice but to avail it.
The current situation also burdens the parents and guardians, other than the institutions, to pay a lot of attention to their wards in event of academic progress of such wards. Because of this situation, institutions are forced to adopt new and intuitive ways to teach children and to resolve and minimize ‘Unfair Means’ (UFM) to pass the examinations.
Summing up
In the manner the world is pacing up to a new era, where there is still no remedy available for the coronavirus, in my opinion, States, institutions, guardians and wards need to understand the relevancy of the E-learning and distance learning, without which they would be forced to remain illiterate for the rest of the year or an indefinite period until the scientists develop the vaccine.
Sources: Ministry of Human Resource Department, Central Board of Secondary Education, Press Information Bureau of INDIA, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, University Grants Commission

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETERA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIA, FOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Jun 2020 14:14pm IST


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