Online classes to continue in post-covid Kerala: Higher Education Council
Thiruvananthapuram: The higher education sector in Kerala will face major changes in post-covid Kerala. The Higher Education Council has declared that online class mode will continue simultaneously with classroom education.
A draft policy of higher education prepared by the council recommended forming training programmes to tackle challenges from online classes.
At the same time, the government will form a policy after discussing the report in detail as even the left-wing parties have opposed online classes.
Though online classes will continue, use of online education materials will not be made mandatory. Webinars and teleconferencing which are used at present to confront the challenges will be continued.
Special projects will be planned and executed to develop online tools and maintain them.
Teachers will be trained in the use of online medium. Training will be given to students as well.
The council pointed out that teachers should realize the need for expert training to convert conventional courses as online courses.
Number of higher education institutions to fall
In India, the number of higher education institutions will decrease in future. Integrated education system will be implemented. Corporate-educational and industrial experts are likely to draft a new education procedure, pointed out the draft policy.
Fund will be granted to selected institutes through challenge mode.
As the population density is expected to rise, the number of students will not decrease. It is examined that education based on the technology will cut the expenditure. The draft policy noted that private education institutes are likely to continue collecting high fees.
Meanwhile, the lockdown contributed to speed up changes in teaching-evaluation field. Due to this, higher education institutes will be formed into two types. There will be campuses which offer virtual courses in a low budget for ordinary people and professional courses which are too expensive.
The report of the higher education council pointed out that graduation and post-graduation courses will turn online as it is less expensive and effective. More teachers will be made to adopt the online education system.