A welcome move
Since the world has witnessed tremendous changes in almost all spheres of activities after the corona outbreak, education too has been one of the worse hit sectors. Not only are physical classrooms still out of bounds for the students in most of the regions across the globe but the new way of learning, that is online mode is still fighting it out to make way for providing an alternative to the students and ensure their continuity in the learning process.
One of the major drawbacks that was reported about the online mode is the non-availability of electronic gadgets like android phones among the students which was proving a big impediment for ensuring the online mode achieving its desired target of educating the students.
However, a welcome announcement by Union Minister of State for Education Subhas Sarkar about providing tablets to 75,000 first-year students of various undergraduate courses in Jammu and Kashmir, besides 2,000 school students belonging to various scheduled tribe communities, has meant that all these students will be having access to the online mode of education during the times of pandemic.
The Union Minister made this announcement while concluding his five-day visit to Kashmir on Sunday. He was on a tour to the valley as part of the Union government’s public outreach programme.
The 75,000 tablets will be distributed by the Higher Education Department among all first-year students of undergraduate courses. Similarly, 2,000 tablets will be distributed by the School Education Department among students belonging to tribal communities.
Online mode of education has been proving as a savior for the student’s community. It was due to the conduct of classrooms through the online mode that the learning process in the students could be continued.
However, complaints were pouring in from various regions and sections of the society where a considerable number of students were believed to have missed the opportunity of learning owing to non-availability of gadgets like phones and tablets.
This drawback especially among the weaker sections of the society was proving a major hindrance in some cases but since bulk of the students will be laying their hands of tablets within a short period of time, this impediment is sure to end.
The novel idea of providing the learning gadgets has ensured that the weaker sections will feel elevated and the students will participate in the learning process with an improved vigor and enthusiasm.