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Why India Will See Rise In Hybrid Institutions

In India, developing a hybrid education system instead of relying completely on offline or online learning is the best way forward, as it ensures a holistic and inclusive approach to educating the students

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought a massive change in the Indian education system. One of them is the increasing penetration of a hybrid education system, combining the best of both online and offline learning systems. With every sphere of life witnessing increasing penetration of digitalisation, the education sector is not exempted from that trend. Even India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 emphasizes on hybrid education system. As the NEP 2020 states, it would avoid overexposure of technology the school-going children, while at the same time, it will empower the education system with innovative and interactive technologies.

In India, developing a hybrid education system instead of relying completely on offline or online learning is the best way forward, as it ensures a holistic and inclusive approach to educating the students. Relying on the traditional offline education system solely comes with some disadvantages when it comes to coping with the rapidly advancing learning system and peripheries. The chance of interactiveness, and ability to engage the students in this system are comparatively lesser than in the online learning system, where the availability of information is swift and easier. Also, using technology for teaching empowers a teacher with different engaging modules, and charticles in an easier manner than offline systems. These help the students to understand the subject better and engage in an improved manner.

However, online education too has its own challenges, especially in a country like India. Connectivity and related infrastructure is still a major challenge faced by the students residing in lower-tier cities and rural areas. 

Apart from that, a technology-empowered teacher too is a major requirement of this method, where challenges are faced many often. Apart from that, relying solely on online education comes with the risk of alienating the students from their teachers, as it lacks human interactiveness. Also, relying solely on an online learning system can increase a sense of alienation among students as they are deprived to meet their co-learners and engage in social interactiveness. Hence, the hybrid learning method is the best way forward to implement in the Indian education system. The current trend of increasing penetration of hybrid education methods was bound to happen over the course of time. Pandemic related disruptions have just accelerated the pace of adoption.

India’s formal education system is currently one of the largest in the world with more than 35 crore students under its ambit. Teaching such a massive number of students comes with several challenges, which can be tackled using hybrid learning methods. It not only enables students to learn better but teachers to teach better and propels India’s holistic growth as well.

During the peak of the pandemic, more than 35 crore students and 1.08 crore teachers across over 15 lakh schools, 1,028 universities, 41,901 colleges and 10,726 standalone educational institutes around the country were unable to attend classes due to lockdown. Apart from that, several other learning days afterwards were wasted due to pandemic related disruptions. This was due to the complete reliance on offline education. Had there been a system of online education, the impact would have been significantly lesser.

Better late than never, the country’s education system is now adopting a hybrid learning method fast. With the economy reopening and the importance of education understood, the hybrid model of learning is surely about to gain further momentum and witness increased penetration in the coming days. The Edtech sector will remain at the forefront of this, which is estimated to grow at 39 per cent CAGR and by 2025, is estimated to enroll more than 37 million students, claims a report by Autofintechs.com.  

This massive transformation in the education sector is being led by EdTech firms like Byju’s, eSense, UpGrad, Vedantu etc, which are bringing a plethora of innovations through their products and services. At eSense Learning, our focus is on coming up with solutions that enhance teaching and learning experience. We have seen an increased focus from schools to integrate Learning Management System in their curriculum, which is a step towards making education hybrid.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house


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