APPLICATION OF VIRTUAL AND E-LEARNING IN THE POST CORONA PANDEMIC ERA — CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS — A CASE STUDY OF INDIA
The catastrophe and the disruptions of the health shock in the form of Corona pandemic has really shaken the entire world and has confronted it with multiple challenges, the biggest obviously being life vs. livelihood. It is gradually transforming the world towards a new global order. Lockdown, social distancing and containment measures in various forms are announced all over the world to save life and combat covid-19 from spreading. However, it has also re-emphasized the need for the use of digital learning and online platform as the future in the education sector, as WHO has already sent a word of caution that in future we are probably going to have corona-free world. They had already recommended mobilization of different forms of online education and education resources. So what is needed is to make use of existing online distance learning platforms, develop new platform, partner with private educational platform and also collaborate internationally to use online educational resources. But there are various constraints in this change over to digital platform. Not only there are problems of developing proper infrastructure, but also there needs to be a change in the motivation of the teachers as well as the student community. Government Policy initiatives and implementation also play a pivotal role in this regard. Moreover, in this form of platform adequate IT and cyber security measures are also very important. Government of India, at various times, took separate measures to digitize India, but what is needed is a comprehensive master plan to implement it in actual practice and reap the demographic dividend.