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The pandemic accelerated some major shifts that are already taking place in global economies. It pushed most of the businesses we know on the digital platform.
However, it also highlighted how underprepared our economies were to tackle a global pandemic. This was reflected particularly in the education system, which had been stagnant for decades in a brick-and-mortar setup. This was even more true for Higher Education where Gross Enrolment Ratio is just 27.4% in India.
The year 2020 was a pivotal year when employers understood the importance and relevance of work from home as well as learn from home. On the other hand, learners realized that upskilling or reskilling is the only way to grow and continue to have a sustained career.
Plus, the shift to digital even for Degrees as envisaged in the National Education Policy (NEP 2020) all align extremely well with emerging tech and give me hope that finally, we shall see a huge surge in digital adoption in education.
This will be the focal year for that and could be the catalyst for higher GER in Higher Education and more outcome-led and inclusive education.
As soon as the Covid-19 pandemic hit, governments across the world announced complete lockdowns. This also meant an acceleration for the need to shift away from brick and mortar and towards a digital form of education and learning. While this stage was initially difficult for all the stakeholders, it marked one of the most drastic developments in the education history of the world, let alone our country!