Changing Future Of Education Sector Post COVID-19 Era

Indian universities about 10 years ago migrated to the digital platform but the intensity of use of these platforms by both the faculty and students was limited.

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In the post COVID scenario, it is visualized that International admissions for those students from India who are seeking to pursue their higher studies is going to be a slower process. Many universities across USA and UK have not yet announced any details of their admission start processes. In fact, the only two countries which have announced admissions for the current term are Australia and New Zealand. One does a notice a scenario wherein many of the Indian students would prefer to continue their studies in India itself. This, in fact, is a wise decision because it will enable them to continue to the next level of studies without taking a break for the international scenario being what it is .one is not very sure when the travel restrictions would be eased and what kind of living conditions would be available in the post COVID which scenario for the students who moved from India to International universities. Further, I would strongly recommend to students to intend to go abroad for their bachelor students to hold and perhaps complete their bachelor processes in India itself and then seek greener pastures abroad to do their Masters and MS programs. In fact, most parents in the current scenario would feel more comfortable if the children would continue their studies in India as they would be closer proximity to them. the only exception to the above suggestion may be in case you have close relatives in the same city where you plan to go and study abroad and you are in a position to stay with them or they could be  your local guardian. 

It is a fact that Indian universities about 10 years ago migrated to the digital platform but the intensity of use of these platforms by both the faculty and students was limited. However, due to the lockdown of over 6 weeks prevailing in India most of the universities have started using digital in a very comprehensive way. Students have been encouraged to submit their assignments online many faculties have completed their Viva processes online. Furthermost faculties have completed the remaining part of the syllabus online. I perceive a common understanding between both the faculty and students that digital is a way of learning which is most comfortable for both the parties. Due to the COVID-19 many portals and websites have offered online process both to Faculty students and executives in organizations free and this is given them a good opportunity to understand the way of learning using digital techniques. The use of Google classrooms WebEx Zoom and so many other such platforms as multiplied exponentially and today perhaps is accepted as a way of life. Going ahead I visualize that many Institutions would continue to use a blend of classroom-based learning and online learning as this would help people settle down into the post COVID scenario. Either way, they would be still a lot of restrictions and safety precautions to be taken including social distancing masking and so on.

Many corporates who have been broad-minded have started allowing the students to work from home and join online. In fact, many of them have also created an online induction program so that the initial period of 3 months could be used to familiarize the new joiners into the cultural practices and policies of the organization. in fact, this has been done very effectively were many organizations using some of the platforms mentioned above and this is enabled them to keep a strong connection and have engagement with the new joiners who have joined them from several campuses after completing their courses in higher education. The indirect tangible benefit has been that this induction process can be done once and cover people all over India at any given point in time. This also helps team building during the induction process and people are able to interact with different joiners from different campuses at one given point in time.

Many campuses have also integrated a special online training for their students about to join new companies wherein the focus is on grooming them how to transition comfortably from campus to corporate. An intangible benefit of this process has been both faculty from the Institutions and companies are able to interact with the students on the same platform and therefore there is an integration of thoughts processes and practices. To summarize, the current COVID scenario and the lockdown has taught us the value and importance and efficacy of digital learning. However, this may not be easily applicable in all areas study such as accounts, operations and more research needs to be done on how we can integrate digital learning into these unexplored areas also. A good combination of blended learning is the future of education.  

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