With right use of ICT, education can become a much more enjoyable experience for the teachers as well as students
Prof Dilip K Bandyopadhyay
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
India faces a major deficiency of teachers, especially in the state universities, where 40 percent posts are lying vacant. The syllabus in these universities is not getting covered and the examinations are losing their value rapidly.
Today, we are on the brink of a revolution in the education technology. India has taken many bold steps in implementing the National Mission of Education through ICT by bringing technology to classroom teaching.
One important intervention has been in the area of creating digital content, providing the connectivity and the access devices. Such a system enables anyone from the university to access content through a range of net-connected devices. The major benefit of such learning methods is that students have an opportunity to learn 24 hours a day and all 365 days a week. The issues of place and time fade away.
Keeping content in the online space is one thing, and helping students understand it is something quite different. The teachers have to act as the mentors and facilitators. They must help the students understand the content thoroughly. With right use of ICT, education can become a much more enjoyable experience for the teachers as well as students.