It has been over a year since Covid-19 began to impact our lives. Most aspects of our daily lives are still dictated and subject to change due to the wreckage that Covid-19 continues to unleash upon this world.
It is not an unknown fact about how this dangerous virus has drastically changed the face of education in India. The education sector has hardly had time to adapt to changing times.
From teaching in real physical classrooms, learning in India, like the rest of the world, has suddenly moved to online “classrooms”.
Impact on practical subjects
Despite the increasing adoption of online education, this mode of learning cannot compensate for learning in the classroom.
This form of education is inherently flawed and lacks basic elements of quality education such as the formation of a teacher-student relationship and the opportunity to perform practical work.
A new academic year will begin again, and students will again be at a crossroads, in terms of course to follow. Covid-19 and the restrictions have made it difficult for students to choose a course of their choice.
While theoretical subjects such as English, Sociology, or other humanities courses have adapted well to this online teaching environment, practical courses such as Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Biotechnology or L engineering, among others, have experienced serious problems.
For example, a laboratory experiment involving heavy electrical / mechanical equipment cannot be performed by students in an online environment. Lack of practical knowledge has been a burning issue since the beginning of online education.
Should students then register for practical subjects?
Despite all the obstacles and issues that will cause students to opt for practical subjects during these months, academic life dominated by online education should not be the only reason for not choosing a course that l student really likes it.
If it is undeniable that the lack of access to laboratories means that the theoretical knowledge of the students would not have the possibility of being translated into practical knowledge.
Vaccination and opening of higher education establishments
One positive aspect that should help students make the right decision is the ongoing vaccination campaign and the pace at which it is being carried out.
Several states have opened educational institutions, especially higher education, for fully immunized people. it is also true that their entire academic career in higher education will not be trapped in online education.
Even in the first semester of 2021, various authorities from different colleges and universities had decided to recall their graduating students or enrolled in practical courses.
Thus, the authorities concerned are aware of the need for practical education in the life of a student; therefore, they are fighting tooth and nail to ensure their arrival on campus.
New approach to online education
Professors from various colleges and universities have put all their hearts and souls into making sure that they continue to provide the best quality education to students, despite the constraints placed on them.
They usually save their practical work until the time the students are physically brought back to campus. They are also looking for alternatives through which they can diffuse a likeness, if not a replica, of the quality education they were once credited with, before Corona changed our lives forever.
At the same time as this reflection, teachers use AI (Artificial Intelligence) and AR (Augmented Reality) to compensate for the lack of practice.
Convenient remote control
This concept is rapidly gaining ground in this age of distance learning. While not a possible replacement for actual practice, the introduction of such technology-based labs should encourage students not to deviate from their decision to enroll in a subject oriented towards the practice.
For example, there are companies that support many institutions across India by providing them with apps that help educators create virtual labs and home lab kits. These provide real working knowledge.
Desirability towards a course
Another important criterion that should push students in the right direction is their level of friendliness towards the subject.
If a student has some level of affection towards a subject, even if it is based on practice, no virus should take over and force them to make bad decisions.
Therefore, with the right level of dedication and patience, students can manage their education online and anticipate their arrival on their respective campuses sooner or later.
Students must have the ability to straighten out those few bumps that life has thrown in this way and try to make the most of their time.
So no restraint, let alone a virus like Covid-19, should be endowed with such power that it will prevent a student from following their heart.
If you are willing to accommodate yourself for a few months, the current situation will never be considered a reason to withdraw from a practice-based course. With optimism, students should move forward and wait for a bright future, no matter what the situation is.
– Article by Vivek Jain, Commercial Director, Shiksha.com and Naukri Fastforward
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