The coronavirus has affected almost all areas of human life. Its broad impact on other areas will gradually come to the fore, but the education system is already beginning to have an impact. However, to minimize its loss, the central government has started work on the 'Bharat Padhe Online Scheme'. It has also sought suggestions from the public to improve it further. Under this, all courses including schooling, college-level engineering and vocational are being started online as much as possible.
Even coaching institutes preparing for Civil Services Examination and IIT, Medical Colleges have also joined it. There are enough reasons for this because nobody can say when the conditions will be normal. Even if normal, physical distance still needs to be maintained for how many days? Sometimes there are hundreds of children in the same class. In such a situation, if caution is not taken, it can have very bad results. Till now, many children had lived together in the same room in cities like Kota in Rajasthan, Mukherjee Nagar in Delhi. Now everyone is afraid of such situations.
India has entered the fourth revolution i.e. the digital age long back. How many schemes of the Central Government, from Jan Dhan to Aadhaar, have been implemented in the last few years. If seen, this epidemic has also increased its relevance.
The American magazine Time, the famous American magazine at the time of the twentieth century, had drawn some specials. In one such issue, he also included teachers and educational institutions in the jobs that will end or be reduced in the future. Then it was only five-seven years that the Internet arrived. The world was growing as a common heritage of global villages and especially information and knowledge. In the last 20 years, it has prospered unexpectedly. Poor developing countries like India have also benefited from this. Today, lectures, course materials, journals, journals and articles published in good universities around Oxford and Cambridge are available on the Internet. There is no interruption in reaching them. In India also, lectures and course materials of IITs and other good institutions are available on the Internet.
In such a situation, by encouraging online education, students will also be equipped with new knowledge. At the same time, the allegations that our teachers have been accused of not being competent, up-to-date and lacking in teachers, can also overcome such a beginning. For this, there is a need for rapid change in traditional school infrastructure and education models.
However, as a beginning, the Central Government has made provisions regarding online education in about 100 colleges in the budget this year. Its number will have to increase further in the future. Apparently this saying 'no knowledge-without college' is now on the verge of losing meaning.
Such experiments have been going on for decades in Western countries known as a home school or home school. Their courses are quite flexible. If the parents want, then they can make any changes in their own way. Actually the important aspect is the easy availability of good knowledge material, syllabus, etc. And if it is found at home and parents want to teach children in their own way then why should anyone object? In view of this, some alternative education boards will also need to be created so that children do not have any problem with studying in the next classes. For starters, single all-India examinations like fifth, eighth, tenth, 12th board can be conducted.
In such a flexible system, children will get the freedom to read as well as creative originality. Such education has yielded good results worldwide. Environmentally, it will also yield good results, because online reliance will reduce copy, book requirements. People will avoid the congestion on the streets. Providing content of all subjects in the mother languages of the country on the Internet will definitely be a challenge, but it is not impossible. This will be in the interest of the country and society as a whole. It should be included in the new education policy.
History is witness that many times the world has changed with such shaking. Like millions of people were killed in World War I. There were no able men to work in the factories. As a result, women started going to work. Overnight, women's costumes and living styles changed. The First World War encouraged many scientific discoveries. Similar results were revealed during the second world war. There were ideas of equality, freedom and mutual peace and cooperation around the world.