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Bharat padhe online

Sunday, May 10, 2020 14:45 [IST]

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Bharat padhe online

KAMAL BARUAH
Can you imagine life without the internet and the plethora of social media? But we are in 90s witnessing the frustration of getting disconnected every time the phone rang. There was concept of buying a few internet hours not today’s data per day pattern with speed to Wi-Fi or Fibre technology. We discovered the joys of instant messagingand a bit chatting too. Also we could share some photos of birthday celebration across the world but videos are beyond our thinking. There was no serious thought of a tool of learning with internet other than a few emails for sharing data. With high speed connectivity, today the world is moving on video streaming. But our life has simply come to a full stop now. The Coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a complete standstill.
Since educational institutions are closed down, students are locked down at home.  Exams are postponed while many board exams cancelled. Amidst this chaos, the uncertainty is costing students their time and mental peace. But learning education hasn’t stopped and has turned into padhe onlineat uninterrupted learning experience. Traditionally education focuses on teaching not learning. From KG to university, online classes are being conducted across the country. The demand of data, speed and internet are growing.  Students are living in virtual world and siding away from creative experience and funwithout friends and classrooms. I wonder how a Kindergarten can be taught through online class at home. Nursery Teacher called up kids’ mother to access WhatsApp number. Her / his mother is struggling for downloading email from class teacher. With access to internet kids are enjoying with a new Smartphone at their care. The joy of learning has begun and children are addicted to computers and Smartphone.
In the time of pandemic, classes go online and my housetoo has become a virtual study room. While our daughter is busy with her online video study, my wife has gonea hectic school scheduleat home with her class.Students are busy with downloading study notes and simultaneously printing task during Covid-19 fear. Young generation have adopted the new adventure and have loved fumbling for cell phone that takes over their lives from the mastery of writing skills which is faded away gradually.However long ago I left writing as my mouse scroll over the monitor while my left hand fingering at keyboard at attending customers thus switching completely to keying. People might call us techno savvy. Things have changed the world out of the blue amid lockdown 3.0. They consumed more streaming content from YouTube & Netflix and logged on to work from home and data demand rose significantly.
Keeping in view the current situation prevailing in the country, the Ministry of Human Resource Department is running a campaign for crowd sourcing ideas on upgrading online education ecosystem of India to overcome constraints of online education while promoting the available digital education platforms.HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal while launching the Bharat Padhe Online campaign added that the campaign will allow all the best minds in the country to share their suggestions and solutions directly with the Education Ministry. It was stated that the people have been appreciating the initiative thanking the Ministry for promoting the online education system in the country. It is basically the private institution that started online learning but they are unorganised. It is the whims of the teachers and institutions as their convenient approach. Is it wise to let allow young minds to go with Smartphone for noting class lesson all they long?
Is India ready for the new challenge? Our Smartphone users are around one third of its total population. Fortunately India is doing extremely well on electrification but rural India has not accessed proper access to electricity. The educational infrastructure like buildings, classrooms, laboratories and equipment in marginalized areas are facing in crucial stage besides the basic needs of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. Finally the continuing closings of schools have affected rural India a lot. While urban students are seen learning from messenger services to various Apps &websites of schools;children belonging to underprivileged sections of the society are facing disruption in their studies as they don’t have access to Laptops / Smartphone and Internet service.
Despite all difficulties, India goes ahead with Bharat padhe online. Yes it’s a futuristic approach in the hour of need as pandemic has utterly disrupted our education system where social distancing and remote interactions is the new normal. CBSE has planned to launch structured Online Training programs to meet a month loss of academic year. AHSEC has already started uploading videos of online classes for HS Second year students through YouTube channel, much to the displeasure of not availability of the said page. A blue print is a must for the ongoing academic calendar at this time as woes of lockdown continue. Unique guidelines are to be issued without further delay before it goes the gap of being neglected of rural to urban students for reckoning and at the same instant it’s time to intensify online education in India.
The writer can be reached at email kamal.baruah@yahoo.com

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi