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Virtual the new normal: Preparing the future institutions

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Dr Niranjan Hiranandani

The Virtual new normal has revolutionized teaching and learning process and have become popular due to its agile characteristics that accelerates the channels of communication among the masses located at remote places of the globe says Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Provost, HSNC University, Mumbai in a conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

Despite the world’s renowned doctors and leading research institutions’ day and night efforts, we have not been able to decode the New COVID 19 virus and its ability to spread. With the rising level of infection among masses, it has disrupted primary and secondary sectors of the economy, which has ultimately stemmed up hardship of a common& poor man, a labourer, a daily wage earner belonging to the marginalized and economic poor background and an average Indian.

This has created a turbulent effect and disputed the economies of the world. Contrary to this, it could not shackle the world of education. In fact, due to advancement in the information & communication technologies, professionals, who had underestimated the power of technologies, got in action, grabbed the opportunities, made the enormous use of virtual new normal and reached to the unreached and impossible remotest areas across the world.

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The Virtual new normal has revolutionized teaching and learning process and have become popular due to its agile characteristics that accelerates the channels of communication among the masses located at remote places of the globe.

Virtual new normal is the future. It is going to boom educational discourses, as these mind-blowing and going to be convenient today, tomorrow and for forever. It also has the potential to revolutionize knowledge transfer beyond our imagination. Virtual New normal is driven by a mouse click away, we need to embrace and nurture it and make it a habit and culture of learning in our entire educational set up.

To upgrade the quality of education, its scale, speed and scope, we have to construct the organizational structure of Virtual New Normal, Supply Online Resources, Integrated Devices and Hardware Resources to facilitate the comprehensive & complete online educational systems.

India can do it, contemporary leading universities and educational institutions governed by government and non-governmental agencies, if engaged in true partnerships, through joint ventures and collaborations can do the impossible as I am possible, the only need is to have a proactive invisible leadership directed by the principles of mission accomplishment towards the vision, “Education for All”.

“Education for All”, Vision of national education commission 1992 is still a distant dream for all Indians, we can achieve this by introducing the this virtual new normal, each teacher can play a significant role as an institution itself with the help of this new normal, the need is to prepare an action plan a strategic plan, free from biases, bureaucracy, political obstacles, hindrances, complex government compliances, profiteering by corporates in their educational setups, commercialization of education, exploitation of students by charging high fees for their core educational needs.

Instead, we need social organizations civil society volunteers, dedicated to working for the cause of human welfare and intention to serve humanity, an army of social soldiers to work within the society’s set up and upgrade the quality of education with the virtual new normal a weapon or tool to achieve each Indian’s vision, “Education for All”.

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