Budget Classes: A New Trend That Ensures Education For All
Online education is definitely here to stay given its affordability and accessibility as a primary form of learning.
Education is the basis for development and empowerment of every nation. It is the most powerful weapon that can change the world. In fact, education has its relevance and utility in almost every sphere of life. Its significance can never be marginalized. Education is the social institution through which society provides its members with important knowledge, including basic facts, job skills and cultural norms values. Successful individuals, communities, societies and entire civilizations are underpinned by the quality of their educational system. According to ancient thinkers in India, Vidya or knowledge or learning or education is the ‘third eye’ of man, which gives him an insight into all affairs and teaches him how to act; it leads us to our salvation; in the mundane sphere it leads us to all round progress and prosperity.
As a matter of fact, the Indian Constitution lays down that everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. The right to education forms one of our fundamental rights as the citizen of the country. However, the question today is whether or not education is actually accessible and affordable for all? With school and college fees increasing with every passing day, online education is now being seen as an effective alternative that makes education accessible to the masses without hurting one’s pockets. Today, more than 6 million students are enrolled in at least one online course, as shown by The Distance Education Enrolment Report 2017, conducted by the new Digital Learning Compass organization and although this format represents a different experience than the traditional on-campus schooling, it is an option that continues to gain traction. According to a recent MIT study, massive open online courses (MOOCs) are just as effective as what has traditionally been taught in a classroom or a lecture hall. There's a renaissance occurring in higher education right now, and it's being led by students who would want to take control of their education, set their own schedules, and gain invaluable experience through experiential learning. These students are breathing new life, vigour, and energy into colleges and universities across the country and some of them have never even set foot on a campus.
The traditional college experience can be expensive, regardless if students have to live on campus or rent an apartment nearby. A student may even incur high moving expenses, if they have chosen to attend an institution outside of their current home town. Therefore, many students find that they can save money by taking online courses and living at home. Sure, they still have to pay tuition, but they can save on relocating costs, campus-related expenses, special technology fees, commuting fees, and other bigger price-tag items.
Up until now, online education has been relegated to the equivalent of a hobby at most universities. With the pandemic, it has come to the forefront. There are a few, but instructive, examples of prestigious universities that have already shown the way. Top educational institutions of India like Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D), Delhi University (DU), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Netaji Subhas University of Technology (NSIT) and more have stopped their offline operations ad have shifted their teaching-learning process online.
In the last few years, several online learning platforms have made a splash in the education sector. Free platforms, coupled with rapidly falling mobile data costs allow a much larger audience to access these lectures. In that sense, good education is being democratised. In terms of tuition centres playing a complementary role to school teaching, online learning is definitely making these centres redundant. It would be safe to conclude that online education is definitely here to stay given its affordability and accessibility as a primary form of learning.
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