We are suddenly challenged by multiple problems concerning the present and future of education. COVID-19 has left us with multiple over-determined questions to seek answers for. Only when the experts see some light of hope, new questions demand attention.
In accordance with the WHO guidelines, the MHRD is drafting new directives of seating arrangements, mess and library rules, etc. for schools once they reopen after the lockdown. It will be imperative to follow these guidelines for the larger effort to halt the risk of another Covid-19 outbreak.
Many academics believe that, while the assessment method and mode of learning may change, the curriculums too shall undergo changes. There would be more focus on collectivisation of education than merely imparting knowledge for individual development.
Pleas for a long term bailout made by the UK universities were turned down by the government. Instead, a package of 2.6 billion was announced in tuition fee payments. The package announced by the government will flush 2.6 billion in tuition fees that universities would have otherwise received at the beginning of the next academic year.
According to a recent report by Economic Times, the HRD ministry is chalking out new directives, keeping in mind the WHO recommended social distancing norms, to be followed once a classroom education resume.
The University Grants Commission of India had set up two panels to give recommendations to the government on future actions amidst the Covid-19. In its meeting, conducted on Monday, April 27th, the UGC has mulled over the two recommendations. Although they are to deal with the ongoing situation and to cope with the immediate future after the pandemic, once implemented, they will transform the system in many ways.
In a bid to make the tedious application process a little less stressful for students in the time of the COVID-19 crisis, Cornell University has made SAT and ACT optional for its application. Cornell’s decision was welcomed with a mixed barrage of reactions by the student community. Although several other top liberal arts colleges had earlier decided to adopt the test-optional policy for 2020-21, Cornell is the first university to announce this, keeping the worldwide pandemic in mind.
A transition to college life is a big milestone for students. With a significant amount of freedom, students are still expected to adhere to specific rules & protocols. From learning environment to cultural premise, the changes in college life are apparent.
“Real growth of a country is in the heart, mind, body & soul of young men & women of a country” – Sir C V Raman
Ensuring quality higher education has turned out to be a paramount part of the education sphere in the current times. Higher education is one segment which can greatly shape and transform a country’s future. Colleges and universities are looking to stand out in the crowd, provide global curriculum with exposure to local perspectives.