IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA
Keywords:COVID-19, Higher education, Pandemic, Online teaching, digital inequality
The world has seen many a dangerous disease like Ebola, Swine Flu, and Plague which have catastrophic impact on demography, economy, education and cultures of different society. Likewise COVID-19 also has so much of disastrous impact on various sectors all over the world. This pandemic infectious disease was caused by SARS- COV-2 which first came to light in Wuhan in December 2019. As the positive cases of COVID-19 spread in bombarding number throughout the world WHO declared it as a pandemic. Almost all the countries of world have been put into lockdown. It has affected the lives in all sectors of our society. It has brought global recession in economy because of the lockdown. Education sector is also badly affected facing the disastrous impact of COVID-19. There is closure of educational institution through - out the world. To deal with teaching learning process the focus is drawn to online learning platform. But due to lack of resource and technically expertise people many underdeveloped and developing countries are facing problems in conducting online classes. In this time period, India is also focusing on online learning but there is a lot of disparity in accessibility to education through online platform because there are network issue, accessibility to internet, personal computer and other devices in India. Some students have accessibility to online learning platform and some are not which create new kind of digital inequality in accessing education leading to barrier in smoother teaching-learning process. This paper focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education in India, where the impact of COVID-19 has been the highlight of the major issues and transition from traditional system of education i.e. face to face classroom learning and teaching to focus on online learning. It seeks to create a forum that can be referred to by the all stakeholder in education sector to give wings to young India.
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