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Bird watching on Indian Education system from 2020 to 2021

by Vijay Garg
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The year 2020 will be remembered as the year of New Normal, in very sphere including education. Students had the longest break from campus they had ever Imagined. Covid-19 pandemic ended the daily ritual of painful walking up.getting ready and spending a whole day with books, teachers and classmates.The academic calendar turned topsy-turvy and students found themselves in the quagmire of chaotic education system.

Here’s recalling the things that changed the Indian Education scenario in 2020
1)Virtual Classroom:
Since the beginning of the lockdown in March , Campuses  across the country were shut down.To continue the academic session, all academic institutions-from kindergarten to universities-switched to Virtual classrooms. Most  institutions to lacked the infrastructure to take digital classes while some had previous experience on this platform. Teachers struggled to learn how to deliver lectures on the digital platform.
2) Digital-friendly curriculum
Syllabuses went through a sea change. Text book teaching meant for brick-and-mortar classrooms had to be turned into an online-friendly format. Although the UGC allowed online classes in all the 900 universities, India struggled with e-learning.
3) Many left in the lurch  without access to Internet
Internet connectivity was another hurdle with no high speed internet and no access to digital gadget meant students in larger parts of semi urban and rural India were groping in the dark. With already 32 million out of school children before the pandemic;  digital created an even greater rift between education and rural students.
4) Key word of 2020-’Webinar’
As students and teachers remained indoors. Everyone turned to webinars, or online seminars. Schools, colleges, universities, learning platforms, academic websites, education companies – everyone conducted webinars to create awareness about anything ranging from life skills, career guidance, mental health and so on.
5 ) Board Exams gone haywire 
Many board examinations were pushed back, CBSE class X and XII, and ICSE and ISC exams were rescheduled as were several state boards tests.
Many boards decided on lenient checking of answers scripts. The Supreme Court approved the formula for assessment of examinees for exams that the CBSR cancelled. Entrances examinations like JEE main , GUJCET, and NEET were extremely postponed.
6) Online Exams and admissions
With final exams at the doorstep, the digital format was the only solution, institutions grappled to ensure the sanctity of the examination system and prevent students from cheating. The education ministry formed a committee to suggest rules, regulations and techniques to hold online tests . Admissions for the 2020-2021 academic session, from kindergarten to universities, went online too. Colleges and universities were groping to upgrade their digital systems to take admissions. Missed dates and troublesome admission procedures left students and parents struggling with option selection and payment.
7) Educational technology scaled nee heights
Online learning took a huge leap in India. The long lockdown caused many to sign up for short online courses provided by various digital platforms.
For instance, the union education ministry’s e-learning platforms SWAYAM introduced over 2000 free courses and became immensely popular among students. premier institutions like ISRO and the IIT Madras launched it’s first ever BSc degree in programming and Data Science this year.
8) Placements and internships but in Reduced numbers 
Most colleges and professional training institutions conducted their final placement and summer internship interviews online. International offers were not visible at all because of the pandemic. This turned into a blessing for top Indian companies that recruited cream students who would have otherwise chosen job abroad.

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