E – LEARNING - THE SAVIOUR OF INDIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

In the third decade of 21st century, entire world is experiencing the biggest scathing attack of COVID 19 pandemic on the survival of human beings. This pandemic situation has not only affected our lives rather it is challenging our potential to adapt latest technologies and being resilient. Corona virus pandemic has disrupted various sectors in India like automobiles, aviation, retail, Oil & Gas etc. Education sector is no exception at all.  The pandemic has significantly disrupted the primary as well as higher education sector in India, which is a substantial determinant of country’s economic future. This pandemic has replaced the conventional chalk –talk model with technology driven model, which is need of the hour. Due to closedown of educational institutions in India, approximately 320 Million learners across the country are being affected. This leads to an increase in the scope of redesigning the Indian education system by bringing teachers and technology together. Due to current pandemic situation, the role of digital learning modes has been increased substantially. This enables educators to reconsider the current delivery and pedagogical methods in schools and higher education by integrating classroom learning with e-learning models which are current need for capacity building of young minds. E-learning is not a perfect substitute of conventional learning rather it works as complementary to the traditional classrooms, which is playing a very important role in imparting quality education throughout the globe. Eventually, we can say that the pandemic has replaced the centuries old chalk-talk teaching model with technology driven model. In this pandemic situation, a well rounded and effective education policy is needed to be framed and it should be inclusively accessible by all learners across the country which is only possible with e – learning. A famous saying is validating the entire concept –

Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.” - Heidi-Hayes Jacobs