Indian Universities
Source: GetMyUni

The majority of students, as well as teachers, feel that Indian Universities have received a huge setback in terms of education and learning. All this happened solely due to the covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent shut down of educational institutions. Thus, deep-dive research depicts that this learning loss is rooted in 5 main sources. Hence, it includes the digital divide, slow governance at institutions, comparatively longer lockdowns, weak online teaching, and pre-existing capacity deficits.

A survey by Team Lease on educational loss in Indian Universities:

A survey named “Covid-19 Learning Loss in Higher Education” was run by Team Lease students. Thus, they estimated that approximately 40 – 60 percent of learning loss has already occurred. University leaders state the loss to be approximately 30 – 40 percent. Also, the harsh reality exposed by the survey states that a minimum of 3 years is required to repair this gap.

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Comparing India to the G7 nations, the learning loss in Indian Universities is severe. Thus, countries like Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan, UK, etc range from 9.84 percent loss (France) to 31.16 percent loss  (Italy). Indian accounts for around 35 million university children out of the world’s total of 222 million. Thus, Shantanu Rooj, CEO of Team Lease states that covid has left a catastrophic mark amidst the pre-existing challenges in learning.

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Remedies to overcome the educational loss suffered by Indian Universities:

The survey also recommended 10 effective measures to reduce learning loss. Thus, the most prior one is to reopen educational institutions with necessary precautions. Also, Digital India must be hastened to reduce the Digital divide among the poor and rural area students. It suggests that the NEP implementation should be accelerated from 15 years to atleast 5 years.

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