Will Coronavirus pandemic change the face of education sector?

Coronavirus has widely impacted the education sector in India. While the institutions are trying to maintain stability in the academic activities by introducing online learning, the looming challenges are far more challenging.

The education sector was one of the first sectors to respond to coronavirus scare. Students have lost more than one month of academic time. At the same time, institutes are ensuring that teaching is not disrupted further. Most of the schools and colleges have asked the faculty to work from home. As a result, faculty has started E-learning and have been sharing online study material with students. Webinars are also being conducted to engage the students besides video sessions. Many institutes have also resorted to online admissions and placements process and conducting the interviews over Skype. While this may cause mild inconvenience, in the larger scheme of things it will not affect very badly.

The current academic session is bound to get delayed and nobody really knows for how long. However, there are still some challenges in terms of courses and projects involving physical laboratories and fieldwork. Many students from remote areas with poor connectivity are also facing difficulties. The real worry, on the other hand is the current global crisis and its long term impact on student placements, as most of the companies are expected to defer the offers they have already made this year. The crisis has already led to a delay in the conduct of examination and the announcements of results. This may further push the admission cycle accordingly.

 

Rupanshi Toteja
Research Scholar, Jagan Institute of Management Studies