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Online education and its challenges in India during pandemic times :

E-learning or online education is now inevitable across the world due to the havoc created by Corona virus.  Not only education that is online, but work from home and online jobs are favored by most of firms and the associations to ensure the security of workers and employees.  E-learning or online education allows individual to learn and enjoy at their own relaxation through technologies and various applications.

In India, universities and many institutions have begun to teach students online, due to Covid-19.

But we must consider the education in the time of crisis as well as the challenges faced by students while studying online.

Online Education during COVID 19:

While there’s an upsurge of corona in India, it is safe to say that online courses would serve as alternatives that are better.  Children can learn from their homes and be familiar with online learning from their relaxation spaces.  There will be no risk of exposure to the virus within the home and children might miss the essence of standard education.

Any student who aspires to achieve any courses may apply around the world like Harvard, Stanford, IITs are beginning courses that are online as well as to help students.  Students may opt for their courses from their places and within a circumstance of time and are awarded certificates.  This will help them to create a resume for their own careers.

Challenges faced by parents and guardians:

Mainly parents disagree with the choice of providing online courses to their children, while there are a few parents who agree with online education.  Since they must devote their time while the little one begins to get familiar with electronic gadgets and the internet.  They are anxious about children using the internet and the access to all sorts of information.

Connectivity issues :

We know that villages are the backbone of our nation, the big part of villages lack the internet connection.  According to Abhiroop  Mukhopadhyay of all Indian statistical institute, argues 85% of college students who belong to urban households, likely to gain access will probably have access at home.  28 percent are likely to have internet access at home.

And in states like West Bengal, and Bihar, only 7-8 % of rural households have any internet access.

Absence of traditional education:

Online education can never replace conventional type of education, where children attempt to socialize with their peer groups which will help them in developing their abilities .They lack the ability to socialize with one another and also the delight of friendship.

Physical and mental health:

It might develop health complexities like anxiety-related troubles and mental strain.  Eye ailments might be developed by the exposure to the computer or electronic gadgets and children might find it difficult to get adjusted from conventional kind of education to online education. Spending all the time studying and not having access to physical education, their physical and mental health may get upset.

Extra fees being charged by private institutions :

Colleges and many private educational institutions have begun putting burden on the parents from the name of online education and they have been charging extra fees for conducting the courses in parts of the nation.  This has been a burden on guardians and parents.

THE E-WAY

Like an endless loop of strings, E-learning opens up multiple avenues for the students to choose from the comfort of their homes. Through E-Learning students in India can do varied courses offered by Harvard University ranging from a programming course such as CS50’s Introduction to Game Development to a social sciences course such as American Government: Constitutional Foundations.
Universities and their invaluable courses continents away can be accessed easily without the unnecessary hassle of the physical presence in the classroom.

E-Learning has brought varied courses around the globe in the comfort of one’s own house. E-learning has been successful in bridging the quality of education that one can access in the developing nations. It is a more economical and appeasing form of education in world crises such as the raging Covid-19 pandemic. It has ensured the unhindered transfer of knowledge when one is unable to be physically present in classrooms.  Schools and colleges have taken up E-Learning to ensure social distancing is not an issue they have to deal with so they can solely focus on the quality of education imparted to the students.

Despite its many perks, E-Learning also has its fair share of drawbacks. It is often difficult to cater to and overlook the progress of the students online which would have been a far easier prospect in the in-classroom mode of education. There are different challenges such as poor internet connectivity in the remote places and often the underprivileged do not have access to proper electronic devices. Some struggle with technology and thus are often unable to have a seamless E-Learning experience.

Though it is not without its fair share of challenges, E-Learning has been successful in the re-moulding the education system for the better. It is undoubtedly the mode of education for the future. It has been successful in providing affordable education to people in the different corners of the Earth. It has enabled some institutes to do without the physical infrastructure and additional costs that come along with maintaining physical classrooms.

There are several applications like Zoom, TeamLink, Google Meet, Duo etc which are being used by teachers and institutes to impart lessons to the students. The dangers of video lessons can be seen in the multiple instances of hacking and misuse of these applications. Data are stolen by hackers of the users of the application who misuse the data to their own fruition. The applications should be secured from hackers for seamless usage and to ensure that the users can operate it without any fear of their account being hacked.

E-Learning may, however, lead to a loss of jobs for a majority of people who used to assist in the seamless functioning of the brick and mortar classrooms. Publishing houses may suffer as learning moves online resulting in a sharp decline of hard copy textbooks. Publishing houses too shall have to adapt and move their publications online. Small publishing houses may fade away with time. The implementation of the proper 5G network would ensure an immersive learning experience. Physical libraries are slowly becoming defunct with even libraries uploading their content online. Information is available to Scholars very easily. Research has become easier than before. Some people have found it hard to cope up with the technological advancements while some have become unemployed with technology replacing manual labour. However, technology has changed the world for the better and made our lives easier. We should embrace technology as an inseparable part of our lives.