Online course offerings are yet to come up in a big way in Indian Universities while many have done well in restarting session using online platforms like Meet, Zoom, Teams and other video-conferencing apps. Earlier this year, only a few have been able to roll out programs out of the 100 universities that were granted automatic approval for starting online courses. In June, IIT-Madras announced that all-online diploma and degree courses in data science and programming will be offered by it.
Something similar was announced by IIT-Roorkee also. But other Indian universities like BHU, Delhi University, and JNU are yet to announce any such courses.
The need for such courses is even more pressing since a QS report stated that nearly two-thirds student have deferred their plans of applying in foreign universities this year. the shelving of foreign education plans by students is good in a way since it is a massive forex outgo otherwise. But on the other hand, the dearth of Indian universities offering courses of globally comparable standing and quality.
The fact is that the demand for top global universities is not related only to the superior pedagogy or curriculum, but also to factors like networking opportunities with business leaders, industry-heft of the alumni network, etc. The deferral of the students towards foreign universities will last only as long as the pandemic lasts.
Indian Universities need to do the same as Harvard and other universities who were quick to launch diplomas and courses to beat the lockdown restrictions. The sooner this happens, the better it will be for all the people. The students will be able to take advantage of the transition year and along with this the professional and students will also be able to upskill themselves because of this. There is a task for the government also in this.
The government was done a great job in granting automatic approval to the top 100 Indian universities as per the NIRF ranking but the government needs to extend this facility to the other universities as well. To resume the session, in any case, most universities will be relying in online mediums.